Director Jonas Akerlund’s new Netflix film, “Polar,” is less John Wick and more Shoot Em’ Up. The film bathes in bright comic book colors and delights in its abundance of sex and violence.
Originally a Dark Horse graphic novel, the story follows soon to be retired assassin, Duncan, played by Mads Mikkelsen, who is trying to put his house in order before ending a long and bloody career. He along with a slew of other assassins work for the over the top Mr. Blut played by Matt Lucas.
Once Blut’s employees reach mandatory retirement at fifty, Blut is forced to pay them millions of dollars in pensions. However, Blut plans to turn this into a profit by murdering them before they reach fifty at which point their pensions will revert to his company, Damocles.
Duncan was regarded as the most-feared assassin in the world though he is haunted by recurring nightmares of the murder of a family he killed, except for the young daughter who Duncan let go. Known as “The Black Kaiser”, Duncan has begun his settlement into relaxation with Camille, a young and shy, easily frightened woman who Duncan later teaches to use a gun and prepare for attack. When Duncan becomes aware he is the target of Blut and his former colleagues, a blood bath ensues.
The film itself looks absolutely beautiful. The cutaways are reminiscent of someone turning a comic book page. The colors literally jump off the screen. This is one film that really looks amazing on a 4K UHD television.
As said earlier the sex and violence is gratuitous and is not for the faint of heart. It really pays homage to other films of its ilk by greats like Tarantino and Rodriguez. Also, Deadmau5 score for the film is brilliant and subtle.
The twist at the end with Vanessa Hudgens character I thought was alright. Upon second viewing you can definitely see it coming a mile away. All in all, Polar is a fun action film that revels in its over the top antics. The gore and sex however might be too much for the squeamish.
With that said, HipsterZOMBIEJoint gives Netflix’s Polar a strong 8 out of 10. Just don’t watch this with the parents or kiddos.