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Polar

Director:  Jonas Ã…kerlund
Year Released:  2019
Rating:  1.0

An assassin, Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen), is ready to retire from the business to just hang out in his cabin and drink and watch TV when his employer Blut (Matt Lucas) sends a hit squad after him because he doesn't want to pay him his pension. It feels like two movies in one and neither of them is any good: half is a somber mood piece with Mikkelsen and despondent next door neighbor Camille (Vanessa Hudgens) as they spend time chopping wood and practicing shooting, the other part is some hyperactive neo-punk dreck with overacting and grotesque colors and bright red gore splattered over the walls. It's silly and juvenile, like some half-baked adolescent fantasy someone came up with after watching Smokin' Aces ... and then there's the 'plot twist' at the end that's tacked on just to make room for a sequel, but at least Mads and Vanessa use what material they're handed and try to take it somewhat seriously, so there's that....

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