• Director-Screenwriter

    Hannes Thór Halldórsson

  • Producer

    Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir

  • Screenwriters

    Nína Petersen, Sverrir Thór Sverrison, Hannes Thór Halldórsson

  • With

    Audunn Blöndal, Egill Einarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson

  • Iceland 2021. 98min

  • Sales

    alief

  • Language

    Icelandic

    With English subtitles

Cop movie cliches have been sent up before, but this Icelandic action comedy takes the homoerotic subtext of so many buddy movies and unapologetically comes out all guns blazing. Rival law enforcers, rough-edged slugger Bússi Bödvarsson (Audunn Blöndal) and slick ex-model shooter Hördur Bess (Egill Einarsson) reluctantly join forces to stop criminal mastermind Rikki Ferrari (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson). Desperate as they are to stop Ferrari’s bank heists, they may just, despite Bússi’s initial denial, want each other even more. Cop Secret embraces the genre’s more ludicrous tropes – expendable henchmen, Mexican standoffs – then gleefully squeezes them tighter. Debut feature director – and Iceland’s international goalkeeper, no less – Hannes Thór Halldórsson deftly adds his own surreal flourishes, so when these cops shoot over the top everybody still scores.

Leigh Singer

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