AFF 2022. Review of ‘Cop Secret’: Action comedy from cold Iceland – All that glitters is not cinema

The reviews of David Perez “Davicine” in the BFA 2022:
Cop Secret

A “supercop” who denies his sexuality falls in love with his new partner while investigating bank robberies where it seems that nothing has been stolen. Directed by Hannes Þór Halldórsson, C.opSecret is starring Auðunn Blöndal, Egill Einarsson, Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, Vivian Ólafsdóttir, Sverrir Þór Sverrisson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson Y Juliana Sara Gunnarsdottir. The film can be seen at the Atlàntida Film Festival in filmin in July-August 2022.

A genre that crosses borders

There is practically no week in which an action and suspense movie that revolves around two police officers (or similar) who must join forces to take down a powerful criminal does not reach theaters or platforms. This genre usually comes to us from Hollywood, but in recent years more and more countries have ventured to make their own productions following the same scheme.

Interestingly, the person responsible for this proposal that combines spectacular chases, shootouts worthy of Hollywood and more kisses than in the entire saga of lethal weapon is neither more nor less than the goalkeeper of the Icelandic soccer team, Hannes Thór Halldórsson, popular in his country for stopping a penalty against Messi in the World Cup. And against all odds, despite the fact that auteur films regularly arrive from Iceland, this action comedy has all the ingredients to please fans of this genre.

A parody or an exaggeration?

Based on a trailer for an Icelandic comedy show that was conceived ten years ago, the idea of ​​the trailer has been successfully migrated to the film, and whether we see it as a parody of this genre, or as an action movie that exaggerates too much. , of which there is no doubt is that it manages very well the frenetic rhythm of the action with the more leisurely scenes when the script requires it.

Wanting or not, Cop Secret crosses the limits of comedy to reach parody in some action scenes in which the protagonists shout declarations of love to each other in the midst of shooting criminals, but these details are forgiven by being able to pay homage to Hollywood movies both from the point of view of comedy as well as action, the entire film being plagued with quotes and scenes from blockbusters of this genre.

Although it achieves its goal of bordering on the extreme in some scenes, the film manages to capture on screen everything that makes this genre work, and we have chases and shootouts that evoke numerous similar scenes in the history of cinema, which is no coincidence. , with all the aesthetics inspired by Hollywood cinema, making it easier to see regardless of the viewer’s nationality.

Much more than mere companions

Auðunn Blöndal plays Bússi, the toughest cop in Reykjavik, whose mission is to arrest the criminal gang. No chase is too dizzying for him, and he may only find someone on his level in his new partner Hörður, played by Egill Einarsson, leaving both in search of the criminals. Interestingly, with his impeccable hairstyle, his aviator glasses and his always open shirt, Hörður looks more like a cop from Miami Vice than to cold Iceland.

As usual in the genre of police couples, at first glance the two could not be more different, one being the typical tough guy and the other a real cop, but little by little they are able to make it clear that they have more in mind. common than it seems at first glance. The only drawback is that, despite the good chemistry between the two, their characters do not contribute much as they focus on completely fitting into the stereotypes compiled by this genre, with the only difference that they are homosexual, which was not something usual in the Buddy Movies of the 80s and 90s.

Beyond the main couple, we must highlight the villain Rikki, played by Bjorn Hlynur Haraldssonwho, despite being Icelandic, speaks in English most of the time, which is not explained at any time and causes great confusion towards his henchmen, resulting in some of the best scenes. Cop Secret features cameos and special appearances by Icelandic celebrities from both sport and media, including comedian and former Mayor of Reykjavik, Jon Gnarr, as well as many others an Icelander will recognize, such as former Icelandic professional footballer and TV star Rurik Gislason, but we do not have the fortune to recognize them easily.

The rest of the characters follow the same pattern as the story, that is, they are typical characters plagued with clichés, which only reinforce the feeling of watching a predictable story, but that doesn’t matter when we have fully immersed ourselves in this comedy. of action that we do not watch to reflect on the state of today’s society, but merely to entertain ourselves.

Without being original or having an elaborate script, Cop Secret is an entertaining action comedy that allows us to enjoy this genre as a parody but without being disrespectful, full of references to movies that we all know.


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AFF 2022. Review of ‘Cop Secret’: Action comedy from cold Iceland – All that glitters is not cinema