A brilliant assassin, Duncan (Mads Mikkelsen), is just two weeks away from retirement. Duncan naturally accepts one last mission because he is the best of the best. During his newest mission, Duncan becomes a liability for the company he works for. Duncan will now need to take matters to the next level as becomes targeted by a younger group of assassins who all desire the high priced bounty on his head.
For those who are not aware, Polar is based on a well known comic book.
To see actor Mads Mikkelsen star as a lead character based on a comic book is just awesome to witness, but I’m also not surprised given the actor’s resume and work in previous films. I also compliment the film’s style when it comes to the brainless action sequences.
All other characters (including the main villain) that surround our lead are incredibly disappointing and some of the ridiculous characters I have seen for some time. From our opening scene alone, I felt this film to be rather silly as characters just talk absolute nonsense.
Polar as a plot is also nothing new- a professional hitman who suddenly becomes hunted down by his group. Not to mention the hit squad who are on the hunt for Duncan are also painful to watch. I feel this film will be best enjoyed by actual fans of the comic book series.
Watching Polar I had hopes, wanting to see something so enjoyable that I would be excited to research the comic book, wanting to know more about Duncan and his world, but at the end of the credits, I had zero interest or desire to know more.
Overall, Polar is a disappointing film. Fans of the comic book series will enjoy it the most, but those seeking something new and exciting will only find ridiculous characters and a plot we have seen before. Mads Mikkelsen and the action are the best and only fun element of this film. The rest of the film is a complete mess with scenes that drag on and are utterly disappointing. Pet lovers may also be offended- you have been warned.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden