Cop Secret had its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2021, it’s an Icelandic action-comedy parodying the high octane Hollywood police films, where two rival cops have to team up to stop a mastermind villain only to get more out of their partnership than they bargained for.
Bússi (Auðunn Blöndal) is known as Reykjavik’s super cop, he’s prepared to bend the rules to get the job done and he’s so tough he’s even got his own TV show with highlights of him beating up the bad guys. His partner Klemenz (Sverrir Þór Sverrisson) is not so super and as they go on a high speed chase after a bank robber he becomes hysterical (pointing out all the driving infringements Bússi is contravening). When the pursuit enters an off limits jurisdiction Bússi is not giving up the chase so easily and on entering the neighbouring zone of Gardabaer he goes head to head with Hördur (Egill Einarsson), a posey super-slick cop dressed in designer clothes and driving a flashy sports coupe. He’s the complete opposite to the dishevelled and unshaven Bússi and in spite of their jibing exchanges of macho bravado the two end up having to work together. Their partnership has already developed in an unexpected way bringing to the fore Bússi’s conflicting emotions as he struggles with his masculine super cop identity and his strange feelings for the openly pansexual Hördur.
The robberies are down to a criminal gang who are seemingly breaking into banks without taking anything. The English speaking Rikki (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson) is the mastermind behind the break-ins who hams up the psychotic villain cliches and is partial to dropping a strange wildlife fact into the conversation whilst mimicking a terrible baddie’s version of a Clint Eastwood accent.
The backdrop to the action is the day’s hotly anticipated football match between Iceland and England’s women in a World Cup qualify. Besides becoming a central part of the plot, it is a notable inclusion in the script from the writer and director Hannes Þór Halldórsson that is a tacit reference to his previous career as a top international footballer (incredibly he played in goal for the Icelandic national side and here he shows his great versatility).
This Icelandic version of the light hearted spoof genre parodies the small city of Reykjavik against the all action US cop films whilst flipping the traditional action hero’s sexuality on its head. It can’t match the explosive special effects of its contemporaries but for mocking silliness it delivers by the spade load.
Film: Cop Secret
Director: Hannes Halldórsson
Stars: Auðunn Blöndal, Egill Einarsson & Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Run time: 1hr 38min