Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, best known for his music videos for everyone from Madonna to Coldplay, Polar feels like a product of another era, more in a dated than a cool retro kind of way. Matt Lucas and Vanessa Hudgens, in the movie’s only understated performance, co-star. (On Netflix from Fri., Jan. 25) 2 stars
All hitman Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen) wants to do is retire peacefully, but his former boss has other ideas.
A motley squad of bloodthirsty young assassins is sent to terminate him, leading to a rapidly increasing body count. Fairly derivative – John Wick and Tarantino come to mind when watching – the movie has a tiresome, outdated “more is more” approach to its highly stylised, fairly graphic violence.