Polar Reviews

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January 8, 2020
Polar is a cliched, sloppy mess of sub-standard action and forgettable lines that might entertain someone who has never seen a movie from the last decade of R-rated action cinema.
January 3, 2020
The problem is, Åkerlund seems to think he's Quentin Tarantino, injecting gratuitous amounts of violence and torture into a film and calling it art.
September 17, 2019
Grody to the max.
August 22, 2019
Polar doesn't fully understand what a great idea it's stumbled into... it gets distracted by pointless Guy Ritchie-esque stylistic flourishes, a predictably tragic/heartwarming twist ending.
August 17, 2019
As just about every element of the film ranges from underwhelming to bad, I would be hard-pressed to recommend Polar to anyone other than hardcore fans of Mads Mikkelsen, and even then, there are countless better action films.
May 16, 2019
Polar is almost two hours of sensory overload that attempts to be a slick and gritty thriller but comes off as a brash, cluttered and crude film.
March 1, 2019
'Polar' isn't a total disaster thanks to Mikkelsen, but even he can't turn this film into something watchable. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 24, 2019
Åkerlund actually shows each day's torture to really drive home the point. Too often Polar feels like being tied up and suffering through an immense cinematic experience.
February 7, 2019
Polar is an astonishingly flaccid film, a movie that prioritizes blood splatter and bouncing butts over literally all else, including plot and character development.
February 6, 2019
Two-dimensional characters, questionable casting choices and a lacklustre script means that the two-hour runtime slogged from start to finish rather than feeling like an adrenaline-induced, blood-filled dream that it could have been.
February 5, 2019
Every second grates and confuses in equal measure, with nary a thrill of inventive, exciting action filmmaking to break up the monotony.
February 4, 2019
When a film predicated on its slick surfaces to the degree that Polar is looks ugly, it really and truly has lost everything.
February 3, 2019
Polar could probably have successfully built on its clichéd plot if the execution was great, but too few of the scenes hit the level of imagination or wit needed.
February 2, 2019
Purports to be based on the comic series by Victor Santos. But in the watching it's immediately clear that it's true basis is a mistaken assumption that the 'John Wick' movies are easier to make than they look.
January 31, 2019
Polar is an ultraviolent action flick with graphic torture, plenty of nudity and even a fair amount of hard drug use thrown in for good measure. But it's not nearly as fun as all that sounds.
January 30, 2019
It appears the target audience for this film are overly horny teenage boys who want to see female nudity and graphic violence with little to no real plot.
January 30, 2019
[Mikkelsen] is one of the most enigmatic actors working today. But the cinematic scaffolding around him is so rickety that it's hard to ever really sink in and enjoy his handiwork before his spell is broken by some inane slapstick comedy.
January 30, 2019
If Netflix's Polar wasn't so sexist, it would be amusing, trashy fun.
January 30, 2019
A gleefully unhinged teenage-boy dream that aims only for hard, shiny surfaces, and stays there.
January 28, 2019
There is a line of reasoning that dictates that any movie featuring Mads Mikkelsen with laser-gun-cannons attached to his hands should be at least a little fun. Netflix's Polar, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, somehow defies the odds.
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