“The Policeman’s Secret” in the cinema: Love in a hail of bullets – Culture

Action movies and football are two areas as masculine as the smell of old socks in a sports locker room. Women have as hard as men who lead an openly gay life. Icelandic action comedy “Cop Secret” captures discriminatory stereotypes like these. It was directed by former national team goalkeeper Hannes Auer Halldorsson, who saved a penalty kick for Lionel Messi at the 2018 World Cup.

Nobody in the film industry outside of Iceland actually had Halldorsson on their radar; There, however, in addition to his career as a national football champion, he is also a successful commercial filmmaker. His most internationally recognized work to date: the music video for the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, at the time still dedicated to the stormy expanses of rugged island landscapes, which also shaped the country’s global image in dramas, Viking epics and thrillers.

The island country is not exactly known for its action movies, but rather for its comedy, and its sense of humor often makes up a large part of the theater here. Halldórsson transforms the capital, often shrouded in Nordic noir, into a pure gangster, from dramatic camera trips over the city skyline to chasing viewers with muscle cars and a cop who becomes the star of his unit with fists and questionable tactics. Bússi is the man’s name and brands: Mecki hairstyle, aviator goggles and leather jacket. Legend status: Somewhere between Vin Diesel and Bruce Willis.

A macho policeman cooperates with a colleague in having sex

He feels like he’s in “Die Hard 3” as he comments on his new case in which super villain Ricky Ferrari targets the country’s gold reserves. The plot is also similar to that of “Die Hard: Now More than Ever”. Where villain Gruber threatens to blow up a school in order to connect the city’s entire emergency services and empty the banks with peace of mind, Ferrari is counting on a much-anticipated soccer match with the Icelandic women’s national soccer team.

But there are no more similarities, and Halldorsson works in his parody against the overly masculine stereotypes portrayed by police friends such as the “Die Hard” series or the “Deadly Weapon” that epitomized in the 1980s. Outwardly, Bossi seems to confirm this to the smallest detail. In order to reconcile with Ricky Ferrari, however, he then has to reconcile with a new partner, a tanned version of himself that suits her mother-in-law. Hörður is not only more educated, fitter and more successful, but he also caused a serious crisis in Bssi by outright dealing with his gender. Halldórsson presents a whimsical romantic comedy from a mold-like story of two different characters, including a love confession in a hail of bullets.


Halldorsson repeatedly states that he is surprised that his film has been so well received outside Iceland. An international audience can probably only guess the intricacies of his inside jokes. The list of actors alone is unruly who is from Icelandic football and entertainment industry. As standard: it would be like Manuel Neuer who released a remake of “Lethal Weapon” and cast Tom Schilling, Nina Hoss, Marco Reus, Wigald Boning, Thomas Gottschalk and Christian Audi.

However, “Cop Secret” has a huge bonus point that makes this parody beloved across the board. The difference in scale with all role models, both in action movies and in football, is a joke that Halldorsson brilliantly keeps throughout the film. The sheer number of shootings, explosions, and stuttering city traffic that Halldorsson unleashed here should turn Reykjavik into ruins. Of course she doesn’t, because there are plenty of happy endings in Hollywood in little Iceland.

Cop Secret, Iceland 2021 – Director: Hannes ór Halldórsson. Writers: Nina Petersen, Sverre d’Or Sverison, Hans Orr Halldorsson. Starring: Oon Blundal, Egil Einarsson, Sverre d’Or Severison, Steinon, Alina Orstensdottir. MFA: 98 minutes. Theatrical release: June 23, 2022.

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