TL;DR – Much more serviceable than I was expecting, but with some very odd narrative and production choices that hold it back
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is an end credit scene
Disclosure – I paid for the Disney+ subscription that viewed this movie.
High School Musical Review –
When it comes to cinema, we all have our blind spots. Whether that is films, we just have not been able to see or films that we presumed to be not great and never gave a chance. For me, one of those films is the one we will explore today. When it first came out, I was a touch older than the demographic it was looking at, while I also ran youth events for people who were 100% its target demographic, which gave me a very skewered view of the film. But now that I am older and wiser, it is time to take a look back and explore the film on its own merits.
So to set the scene, it is New Year’s Eve at a ski lodge, and while Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) would rather be playing basketball and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) would rather be reading a book, their parents independently suggest that they go to the young people’s party. They had never met before, but that did not stop them from getting lumped together in a surprise karaoke duet. While they exchanged numbers, they never saw each other again until on the first day back at East High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when Troy discovers that Gabriella has transferred to his school and that there is a new musical about to audition.
TL;DR – This is a film that revels in the tonal whiplash, but aside from an interesting performance from Mads it never quite comes together.
Score – 2 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
One of the things I have been really enjoying the last couple of years is how
action films are taking leaps and bounds with their cinematography and storytelling.
This has led to some interesting films being made that explore weird and
wonderful scenarios. Today we are looking at a film that first came into being
as a graphic novel and you can see that DNA all throughout this film. Though
while Polar has made the jump from
the page to the big screen, or at least
as big a screen as you want with Netflix,
I am not sure it was a completely successful transition.
So to set the scene, we open in the wilds of Chile where Michael Green (Johnny
Knoxville) is very much enjoying the last few days before his retirement, with
drugs, booze, and of course women. Just one problem, one of those things is
about to kill him, and sure enough, he is
not long for this world. Back in America, Duncan (Mads Mikkelsen) is a
fortnight away from his own mandatory retirement when he finds out that many of
the agents form the hitman company he works for has been killed in recent days.
Vivian (Katheryn Winnick) his contact and his handler for Mr Blut (Matt Lucas)
lets him know that they have found the person killing all their agents and
Duncan is tasked with going to Belarus to send a message. Just one problem, all is not what it seems.