Polar: A Netflix Graphic Novel Adaptation Worth Watching


Netflix's Dark Horse adaptation is fun neo-noir that I hope continues

Ever since the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, more and more comics and graphic novels have been adapted to series and movies. So much so that some have questioned if it's oversaturated out big and small screens. I say if it's entertaining then who cares. Bring them all on. Give us more. Especially the ones that most audiences wouldn't know about.

Polar was released on Netflix this past Friday and is another graphic novel adaptation by Dark Horse Comics and produced by Dark Horse Entertainment. I've written in other articles about Netflix movies being hit or miss. Some are good, most are not. However, I enjoyed 'Polar'.

The main character is a retiring hitman named Duncan, played by Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, King Arthur) who is fourteen days away from his birthday and the company he works for is letting him go because he's turning 50. He is owed 8 million dollars upon his retirement, so the company tries to do what any company would do, keep their money.

If he dies, then the pension goes back to the company, so the younger assassins try to take out Duncan. Of course, it turns out to be easier said than done. The assassins are an interesting group with different looks and personalities that I wanted to see a little bit more of.

Mads Mikkelsen does a good job portraying a brooding character who is waiting to live a normal life but doesn't really know how to do that. He meets a young girl played by Vanessa Hudgens, who is a little mysterious herself until the twist at the end that even surprised me.

The ending left it open for a possible sequel and I hope we get one. I wouldn't mind seeing more of Duncan and the continuing story hinted at the end of the movie. On a five star rating, I give Polar three stars.

Did you watch Polar? Share your thoughts with me in the comments



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