Stream It Or Skip It: 'Polar' On Netflix, Where Mads Mikkelsen Plays An ...

The Gist: Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelson) aka “The Black Kaiser” is one of the world’s best assassins, but he’s reaching the end of the line, at least according to the rules at Damocles, the organization he works for.

He’s met by Vivian (Katheryn Winnick), one of Damocles’ top agents, with a job to kill a Mexican drug lord who’s hiding out in Minsk.

Performance Worth Watching: Vanessa Hudgens does a great job as Camille, a wildlife photographer who has been deeply hurt in life to the point that she drinks “winter coffee” (with bourbon and maple syrup) for breakfast.

Memorable Dialogue: A sequence where Vizla teaches a bunch of kids the advantages of a machete, then shows them pictures of a decomposed body, was pretty much the funniest thing in a film that tries too hard to be funny and campy.

But the problem is that it’s not only too bloody and loud, but Åkerlund missed an opportunity to make a real affecting film surrounding the relationship between Vizla and Camille.

That part of the movie, with the names of each assassin displayed via blood-spattered graphic, reads like a superhero film, all caricatures and bright colors, but no real characterization.

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