Release Year: 2011
Rating: 7.0/10 (923 voted)
Stars: Hae-il Park, Seung-yong Ryoo, Moon Chae-Won
Rye Hei Otani
Nam-Yi – young
Ja-In – young
Official site [South Korea] |
Release Date: 7 October 2011
Very very good.
I'll make it short and sweet. This is an excellent movie. Beautifully
shot, acted, directed and scored.
Make no mistake, it is violent and has a certain amount of gore. The
action is obviously heavily stylized, but done so to appear more real
as opposed to the likes of 300 or even Gladiator. It never glorifies
violence, and the movie makes sure that the audience sees this through
its commentary. That said, if you like action movies with a historical
flair, then this one is definitely for you. And when I say action, I
mean relentless, ongoing and very much in your face action. Once it
starts, it just keeps on going and keeps you on edge for the ride. And
what's surprising is that the movie still allows for character
exposition; something South-Korean cinema is revered for and should be
proud of (in case they aren't). There are some nods to Hollywood
stylizing here, and of course, influences are inevitable, but make no
mistake, this is not a Hollywood rip-off or carbon copy of any kind.
While there are similarities in certain scenes and aspect of this movie
to Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, it is only on the surface level. The intent
is completely different.
Get your popcorn, you pop and your M&M's and enjoy the ride.