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Polar (2019)

TV-MA | | Action, Crime, Drama | 25 January 2019 (USA)
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A retiring assassin suddenly finds himself on the receiving end of a hit, contracted by none other than his own employer seeking to cash in on the pensions of aging employees.

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Jonas Åkerlund

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Jayson Rothwell (screenplay by), Víctor Santos (based on the Dark Horse graphic novel "Polar: Came from the cold" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mads Mikkelsen ... Duncan Vizla
Vanessa Hudgens ... Camille
Katheryn Winnick ... Vivian
Fei Ren ... Hilde
Ruby O. Fee ... Sindy
Matt Lucas ... Blut
Robert Maillet ... Karl
Anthony Grant ... Facundo
Josh Cruddas ... Alexei
Lovina Yavari ... Junkie Jane
Ayisha Issa ... Jazmin
Pedro Miguel Arce ... Pedro
Anastasia Marinina ... Evalina
Martin Zolotarev ... Evalina's Son
Richard Dreyfuss ... Porter
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A retiring assassin suddenly finds himself on the receiving end of a hit, contracted by none other than his own employer seeking to cash in on the pensions of aging employees.

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Based on the Graphic Novel. See more »


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Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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The cabin where Vanessa Hudgens's character lives is the same as the one from the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy (episode S01E08). The back travelling shot of the last scene is almost the same as the one used in that episode (around 39min50sec) . See more »

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At the beginning of the film a house is shown in Villa La Angostura, Chile, but Villa La Angostura is in Argentina. See more »

Quotes

Blut: The fun continues tomorrow, Mr. Vizla.
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Crazy film perfect for a Tuesday night
15 August 2019 | by joker-4See all my reviews

A good action movie is like a classic meat-and-potatoes meal; standard fare that although might be seasoned differently is both filling and unsurprising. Occasionally a genre-breaking film will surprise everyone and pop open a bottle of Malbec to serve with a little filet mignon. Usually? The plot, situation, even the action itself, is as recycled as a hot dog washed down with a Coors Light. Forgettable. Ordinary. Monotonous. Then there is Polar.

The film is Irish-carbomb crazy; chopped meat that's charbroiled yet still pink-on-the-inside, along with plenty of extra cheese.

The film's plot is insanely generic. Older hitman seeks retirement but his boss won't let him go. In fact, said boss, a maniacal Matt Lucas who was given free reign of Elton John's wardrobe circa 1987, would much rather see Duncan (Mads Mikklesen) dead than pay him his owed bank. A squad of diverse goons head out in hopes of retiring Duncan in cleverly ridiculous ways only to discover - shock - that old Duncan is more wily than initially estimated. Silliness ensues.

The slick camera-work and kinetic editing is an over-the-top, ADD-infused assault. Think Tony Scott helming John Wick. Adapted from a Dark Horse graphic novel and directed by Jonas Åkerlund, Polar looks like a full-length Rammstein music video, albeit scored by Deadmau5, and comes complete with Instagram-worthy title cards.

The film is soaked with annoying characters, absurd situations (Richard Dreyfuss on karaoke, anyone?), and a devilish weapon-fetish. Duncan, however, hi-jacks the film with his heart of plated gold, a desire for a pet, and the smooth handling of an axe.

Every plot point was slashed to bits with a dull sword. Betrayals were telegraphed as subtlety as a missile strike. And the ending was as secure as an A-Team mission. Through all that, Polar is deep-fried fun that makes an otherwise-forgettable Tuesday night slightly more memorable.

If only there were an explanation of the film's title...


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