Movie Review: Polar
Updated: May 27, 2019
‘The world's top assassin, Duncan Vizla, is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger killers.’
IMDb 6.3/10 Rotten Tomatoes 22% Metacritic 19
Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Doctor Strange)
Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical, Powerless)
Katheryn Winnick (Vikings, Bones)
Polar is an aptly named action film that deals with a hitman on his way to retirement due to him approaching the age of 50. He is expecting a sizable retirement payout of approximately $8+ million but it states in his contract that if he dies with no next of kin the company retains the payout for them. So the head of the company sends a squad of young up and comers to take him out. The film has two directional styles one that is fun and quirky when dealing with the new crew and a much slower more methodical style when dealing with Mads character. Throughout the film Mads’ character has flashbacks to a hit from his earlier days but there isn’t much detail but is finally revealed towards the end of the film leading to the final story point.
What stood out to me during the film was the art direction and cinematography of the film. The scenes really fit the story and the town it was set in fit the plotline of a retired hitman. It’s gory, and at times quite colorful which could be taken from the graphic novel that the film was based on but I am unsure as I haven’t read it myself but I may have to after watching the film.
If you are up for an over the top style action film then this will be up your alley. It’s not as crazy as say a John Wick but it has its moments. It’s fun and enjoyable if you don’t take it 100% seriously. Because as we all know those films have that scene where the main character is beaten, shot and brutalized but somehow has the gumption to keep going and get the job done and this film is no exception to that part of the genre.
The Mountain Man’s final thoughts are that I enjoyed the film and it was a good pallette cleanser after some of the other films I’ve watched lately. At first I thought it was going to be closer in line to the recent Liam Neeson film Cold Pursuit by the beginning of the film but then the films dichotomy kicked in and played off the two direction styles through to the end.
3.5 Beards out of 5