There is on balance more right/done well than not, but when it goes off the rails it's *really* bad.
What I love about Korean cinema is that overall its films do an excellent job of marrying very serious or tragic elements with light and comedy. Korean studios also allow their movies to have a range of settings and atmosphere; one film can include glamour, grit and action seamlessly. Unfortunately, while this movie has a lot of elements, the director didn't meld them together very well.
The basic story is a detective obsessed with the Villain Who Got Away, complicated, as we later discover, by a personal connection. When the statute of limitations runs out on the crimes, a book is published that details the murders in ways only the murderer would know. The catch: the killer is a beautiful man who attracts groupies- and mainstream media attention. As macabre as it is to watch news organizations fall over themselves to get a confessed killer in their studio, anyone who's watched modern media knows it could happen. However irritated and disgusted the detective might be, the detective then finds himself in the unenviable position of having to protect the killer from the family members of his victims. What's going to put a stop to the madness? And who, really, is after what?
This movie is two hours long, but it could have been cut down by half an hour if the gratuitous action scenes had been cut. Don't get me wrong: I like action when it's well done, and the opening sequence certainly qualifies. It's fast-paced, brutal and informs the rest of the story. Those things cannot be said of the other sequences, some of which were so unrealistic I couldn't suspend my disbelief. (How do two people fight on top of moving cars on a highway and not fall off? And can you really stab a windshield and only crack it, not break it? And don't get me started on the trucks...) And while foolish action scenes don't have to ruin a movie, the writing choices that are necessitated by those scenes came pretty close.
However, strip away unnecessary action and set ups, and you have a story that shines an uncomfortable light on modern media that makes you genuinely gasp (and tear up) as it unfolds. It's a shame the writers didn't choose to flesh out the characters and rewrite the action scenes to showcase a little bit less mobile camera work. Still, if you like Korean cinema and crime dramas, you'll find a number of things to enjoy in this.
What should have been a straight forward gritty murder mystery was turned into a dramedy for some reason. Hard to take a murder serious when so much humour is thrown about. Disappointed
Good as far as the twist, and watchable at first, but I started to lose interest after a brief comedic turn near the midpoint and after one of the major action sequences (involving people on cars) required the characters involved to defy logic... you'd just stop the car, not speed along at 60 mph... there were just too many of these sorts of distractions for a suspense movie, made the entire story seem contrived.
The action scenes are captivating and the concept of the film is interesting. However, the script could have been refined as there are just too many holes in the storyline that defile logic.
Great storyline with a good plot twist.
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