Friday, October 08, 2021

COP SECRET***** - BFI London Film Festival 2021 - Day 2

Hannes Þór Halldórsson is the Iceland national football team's goalkeeper who once saved a penalty by the greatest footballer who has ever played, Lionel Messi.  That's reason enough to be famous.  But Hannes has obviously also spent A LOT of time watching cheesy American buddy cop action movies like BAD BOYS as well as, I suspect, ZOOLANDER and has created an absolutely hilarious low-budget buddy cop spoof called COP SECRET.

The movie stars Auðunn Blöndal as Bussi, a cliched drunken loner cop who drives around Reykavik in a suped-up shitty car at great speed with no respect for the rules. As we would expect, Bussi comes into conflict with his hard-as-nails boss Þorgerður (Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir),  His rival is super-buff ex-model suburban cop Hörður, played by Egill Einarsson.  One of the most brilliant decisions in this film is to make explicit the implicit homosocial tones of many of these movies, and have beer swilling, fast-food eating hyper-macho Bussi admit that he's totally into his rival and vice versa.  The two cops are united when a dastardly criminal gang led by disfigured ex-cop Rikki (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson), starts robbing banks but apparently taking nothing.  What are they really up to?  And how is this going to impact the upcoming England-Iceland football match?!
The resulting film is fast-paced, genuinely funny and a great time, but only if you're familiar with the tropes its spoofing. Highly recommended!

COP SECRET has a running time of 98 minutes and has played Locarno and the BFI London Film Festival 2021. It will be released in Iceland on October 20th.

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