Polar - Mads Mikkelsen is The Black Kaiser


#1

#2

So…John Wick, but the dog is a girl and John has an accent.

I’m onboard.


#3

Yeah, I can do that.

Why do I kinda love Mads Mikkelson? Fucked if I know where I’ve even seen him. Presumably is some crazy Viking mojo. Whatever, I’m not even mad about it.


#4

His portrayal of Hannibal is perhaps my favorite role / actor pairing of all time. So goddamn good.


#5

Reviews are mixed, but I really liked it.


#6

Oh sweet, I’ll check that out. Thanks for the recommendation!


#7

So this is an unholy meld of RED and John Wick, with maybe a little History of Violence thrown in?

Sounds fine.


#8

Well, he had a weepy eye and tortured Daniel Crag in Casino Royale, is where I know him best from.


#9

Don’t sleep on Hannibal the TV show. Mads is the best Hannibal Lecter.


#10

Yes, Hannibal is brilliant and even the last season which begins in sleep inducing way eventually becomes great.

Mads channeling his inner Liam Neeson is exactly what I hoped he would do so I am totally on board here. It is directed by Jonas Akerlund who was in classic swedish metal band Bathory and did shit ton of music videos.

Mads was also brilliant in Hunt (Jagten), Salvation, Royal Affair, After the Wedding, Adam’s Apples…can recommend all of them.


#11

Oh yes, that movie was incredibly atmospheric.
But certainly not a movie for everyone or at any time. It is a slow movie that you have to be in an open mindset for, which just isn’t possible all the time.


#12

Not to be confused with his other polar film Arctic. Both of these look awesome.


#13

Holy crap that was awesome. Silly at times, and i had to concentrate really hard to pretend Matt Lucas wasnt a slightly darker Little Britain character (and I failed) but as films about ridiculously badass badasses goes this was well up there.


#14

That sound like exactly what I want. Mads is such a strong actor with terrific range. He can play everything from a Bond villain to a complete fuck up in Pusher 2 and devout minister in Adam’s Apples. After checking out the trailer, it looks like everyone had a lot of fun making a b-grade, even campier version of John Wick.


#15

This was pretty gonzo, at least for the first 2/3s.

The combination of humor and violence reminded me of Smoking Aces, with this being a much bloodier film. And having slicker action (I woulnd’t put it on Wick’s level though). It’s flawed, but I still enjoyed it (although I am sad one character in particular did not make it).

Would watch a sequel.


#16

Rusty?


#17

No, although that that you remind me I was sad about that too (although I also chuckled).

Vivian. I regret that we didn’t get to explore her reluctance to kill Duncan more closely. The movie never really tries to develop a Wick/Continental like mythology but hints ever so slightly at it, and I feel like she sort of represented that. And I liked how she kept showing up in different outfits.


#18

Hah, well I made that joke because this movie didn’t really work for me at all. I don’t think I’d watch a sequel, and there was definitely no one who died here that I found myself wishing I knew more about.

Still, Mads looks straight out of a Kojima game with that eyepatch. So that was cool.


#19

I think the whole Rusty bit was a pretty direct poke at Wick.


#20

Yeah I’m giving up after half an hour. As much as I’d love to spend the rest of my life watching Mads Mikkelsen, this must be a movie for people that enjoy Duke Nukem or something, because I don’t see it at all. No John Wick at all.