Review – Polar (Movie) (2019)
Directed by: Jonas Åkerlund
Produced by: Mads Mikkelsen & Jeremy Bolt
Written by: Jayson Rothwell
Release Date: January 25th 2019 (UK)
Wow, what a train wreck this turned out to be.
Think diet John Wick meets an immature, garish comic book full of pantomime villains and you have Polar. Sometimes you see a movie and can’t help but wonder, “What the hell were they thinking?” Unfortunately this is one of those times. There are folks out there that have crafted a solid script and are struggling to get their movie funded and made, meanwhile there is low level trash like this being paid for and distributed by a huge platform like Netflix?! It is an outrageous and pretty sad state of affairs.
Without a doubt the worst part of this thing is the god awful assortment of villains. They are so annoying and infuriating in every scene they are in and only get worse as the movie goes on. Half the movie is spent following this massively irritating group as they hunt for Mads Mikkelsen’s character and they are so unlikable, but not in the way that they are supposed to be. They all work for the main villain, who is inexplicably played by Matt Lucas from Little Britain. That’s right; Vicky Pollard is this movie’s main antagonist. He is god awful here and I genuinely don’t even know what they were attempting to do with this character. Every scene that he is in feels like a discarded Little Britain sketch.
The one bright spot in the film is Mads Mikkelsen’s turn as Duncan, the ex-hitman being hunted throughout the film by his ex-employers who serves as our main protagonist. I love seeing Mads in anything he appears in, so I actually found the scenes with him in them pretty enjoyable, and frankly they were the only thing that stopped this movie from receiving the lowest score possible.
Overall, this is total mess. It is the worst type of comic book movie and doesn’t seem appealing to anyone over the age of 12. Please don’t waste your time with this garbage, there are much better movies out there based on graphic novels that don’t only cater to horny, brain-dead teenagers.
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