Love is the law in Cop Secret

Icelandic buddy-buddy cop comedy may find a cult following

Thursday, 26th May — By Dan Carrier

Cop Secret

Director: Hannes Þór Halldórsson
Certificate: 15

“IT’S 2021. You’re gay. No one cares.”

That’s a line said towards the end of this Icelandic buddy-buddy cop comedy, and it slightly undermines the entire premise of what has proceeded.

Perhaps that is an intentional paradox. It is, at first sight, absolutely awful, but it aims to be, so is also strangely brilliant. One suspects the demographic this film is aimed at – think mid-teens, Weird Science fans – will hoot throughout.

Bussi (Auðunn Blöndal) is Reykjavik’s toughest cop. Unpopular among his straight-laced colleagues, he brings results, so he’s allowed to crack on with it.

Bussi is on the case of a series of bank robberies where nothing appears to have been stolen. He joins forces with his country cop rival Hourour (Egill Einarsson) a suave, good-looking and polished millionaire who became a copper as he was bored with an idle, rich boy lifestyle. Here’s the crux: they hate each other, but maybe it’s because they love each other, too?

They are faced with evil mastermind Rikki Ferrari (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson), an ex-model out to cause carnage and get rich quick.

There are some good bits: three supporting police officer roles play the stooges really well.

Cop boss Porgerour (Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir) is a powerhouse, a hard-talking chief whose final act in this film is juvenile-y brilliant and sums up what Halldorsson is trying to do.

Donut-scoffing Klemenz (Sverrir Þór Sverrisson) hates being Bussi’s partner, and understandably so. Bussi does everything he can to be a horrible person to work with.

Then there is the stickler-for-the-rules cop Softly (Gunnar Hansson), who has some of the best lines. Ferrari, too is a giggle: his mid-Atlantic accent is marvellously well observed.

But at its heart, despite the gross-out teenage violence – which is not just acceptable, but admirably done due to the demographic this film is aimed at – this a hugely silly film that might find a cult following.

It certainly isn’t the discerning filmgoer’s cup of tea, but did that make comedies like Team America: World Police any worse for it? That’s the genre this film slips into.

Director Halldorsson, a retired goalkeeper, knows who he is pitching it at and with this in mind, he has ticked every box. And that it is a gay love story means, hopefully, it will carry a lesson about homophobia to the youngsters it hopes to attract.

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