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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Tale about retired killer is filled with sex, drugs, cursing

Movie NR 2019 118 minutes
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Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+


It was a great movie but the sex scenes go on for about 15 minutes which is a large sidetrack from the main storyline as they are not relevant. Great family movie and fun for all the kids.
age 18+


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Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This extremely violent thriller isn't for everyone. Gallons of fake blood were required for the filming of Polar, and those not prepared for exposure to such excesses might best avoid it, despite the movie's sporadically high-entertainment moments -- especially during its first, quirkiest sequences. In tone, this resembles Pulp Fiction more than it does Goodfellas and other violence-fests, because early segments are played for comedy. The film takes a turn that will suit a more sadistic palate at around an hour in, when close-ups of piercings, gougings, and other graphically-horrific inflictions are showcased alarmingly, parts of it barely watchable.

Mikklesen, whose persona recalls a mix of The Rock with Clint Eastwood, is riveting as Duncan, a killer with a soul, made out to be more enigmatic than anyone who kills for a living has any right to be. It would be most fitting for someone as violent as he has been to meet an equally violent comeuppance, but the script and his performance keep you rooting for him.

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