Polar is worth watching if:
- You are obsessed with Taken, John Wick, or Kill Bill.
- You want something savage, but silly.
- You’ll take an old-generic-silent-badass as your main character.
Polar is not worth watching if:
- You want a meaningful story with deep themes.
- You think silly and serious don’t mix.
- You’re looking for PG entertainment.
- Its self-awareness makes up for its flaws.
- Vanessa Hudgens out acts the wacky script.
- It’s a badass meets funny wombo-combo.
- Mads Mikkelsen is more walking slab of meat than person.
- You can’t think too much about the story.
- A handful of throwaway side characters.
score: 75% CHILLIN
One sentence story summary: An assassin on the verge of retirement must put the good life on hold when his greedy boss sends a squad of young, ruthless killers to take him out.
Retiring from your career as a professional hitman should be a proud moment. You’ve killed countless strangers for years to make your boss happy, you’ve managed not to die or get arrested…now it’s time to get wasted and watch Netflix for the next thirty years.
But what happens when your cringey crime boss decides to murder you rather than pay your pension?
Similarly to Taken, the Netflix Original Polar takes a longtime badass at the end of his badass career, and forces him to go full badass one last time. It’s got some Kill Bill to it in that a supervillain sends a gang of elite assassins to kill the hero, each with their own specialization. It shares some other Tarantino-esque flairs in that it’s very stylistic and has some unique humor to it. It makes perfect sense that it’s based on a graphic novel.
It’s also a film that pays attention to its sound design and soundtrack. It features original music composed by electronic music superstar Deadmau5, his first time working on a movie, and easily stands out as one of the film’s most polished and appealing aspects.
While it certainly doesn’t have the story or polish of a Kill Bill, it’s still entertaining to watch. The story is ridiculous, both intentionally and not. What’s interesting is that the movie’s self-aware nature helps you look past some of its shortcomings. It’s kind of like the producers at times go “Yeah we’re aware this is ridiculous”.
Okay movie, as long as you know.
It’s a pretty weird film. You get a mix of straight acting, over-the-top acting, near silent acting; it’s sometimes hard to tell what they’re going for. Fortunately. it all comes together as pretty funny and entertaining, even if much of it is absurd.
Don’t get Polar-ized by its flaws and you can have a pretty good time with this one.
Polar includes Netflix Regulars:
Vanessa Hudgens as Camille
Matt Lucas as Blut
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