Polar – Review

Genre Action
Directed by Jonas Åkerlund
Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Matt Lucas
Released on  January 25, 2019
Duration 119 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 5/10
Channel Netflix

The giant streaming platform has a lot of good films. There are movies like Roma that get Oscar nominations but also movies like Polar that are just silly, filled with gore for no logical reason.

The film is two hours long. If you’re gonna make a film that long and expect people to not switch it off and watch literally anything else (there are infinite titles on Netflix) then you need to make it really damn good. Polar fails to keep you interested or even grab your attentions save for very few scenes. The writing is bad, the plot is bad – it has no redeeming qualities. It’s a headache to watch and get through. It’s a sheer disaster.

It’s based on graphic novel – “Polar: Came from the Cold”. Translating a graphic novel to the big screen is hard no doubt but seriously? The movie is loud and annoying. Its rare that a scene doesn’t end with someone dying in some gory way. Blood spatters, bullets are fired – the whole shebang! But you’re so uninterested you watch with a amused sort of detachment.

What’s it about? Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen) is just about to reach the wonderful age of fifty. He works as an assassin for some sort of shady organization. When assassins reach fifty, the company pays them a hefty pension and lets them retire. However, since there are just too many ‘employees’ reaching that retirement age, the head of said organization, Mr. Blut (Matt Lucas) decides to send out his kill squad to just finish them all off instead.

To do this, Blut’s gorgeous assistant/right-hand woman/first mate Vivian (Katheryn Winnick) sends Vizla off for one final job which is a set-up to kill him. Of course, our wonderful hero sees right through it, kills everyone off and demands his reward. He moves away to his cabin in remote Montana.

Here he starts developing a close bond with Camille (Vanessa Hudgens). Vizla is brash and slightly rude at first but then softens when he gets to know her. She’s shy and reserved at first but then the two see perhaps a kindred soul in one another and start getting close. She tells him how she was assaulted – beaten and raped – by a man dressed as Santa Clause when she was younger. But then soon after, we don’t see much of her in the movie. Maybe Polar would have been better if we had more of her in it.

Meanwhile, Blut’s hit squad is thirsty for blood. They’re going to all of Vizla’s residences and slaughtering anyone who happens to be there. Montana is last on their list so it’s gonna be a while. So, more gore…..yay!

Maybe if Polar was a comedy, it would have been enjoyable somewhat, like those Jackie Chan actions films. But it’s not. So it drags on and on. Honestly, watch anything else, it’s not worth your time.

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