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Film ● Mini-Review: Polar

Title: Polar

Director(s): Jonas Åkerlund

Screenwriter(s): Jayson Rothwell

Released: 2019

Runtime: 1h 58m


● Based on the graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos, this is about assassin Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen) approaching retirement age. Of course, to save money, the organization he works for would rather take him out and keep the money.

● Duncan Vizla is the clichéd “honorable assassin” with the past plaguing his conscience. There is also the neighbor Camille (Vanessa Hudgens) who he befriends and she gets dragged into danger. The performances are fine but there is nothing particularly interesting about either character.

● Overall, nothing particularly original, which is fine, except the action scenes are not dazzling either. The production itself isn’t bad, mostly a nice palette and lighting, maybe tries a little too hard… it’s just that the overall execution is somewhat flat and even decent performances by the leads don’t save it.

Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen)
Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen)

This mini-review is part of the collection for Taken clones and derivatives.


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