|Korean Film (2012)||Director: Choi Dong-Hun
|Genre: Action/Heist||My Score: 7.5/10 ★★★☆☆|
|Summary: A long-lost mastermind brings together a Korean team and Chinese team of criminals to pull off a new caper.|
|Cast: Kim Yun-Seok, Kim Hye-Soo, Lee Jung-Jae, Gianna Jun, Kim Hae-Suk, Kim Soo-Hyun, Simon Yam, Oh Dal-Su, Angelica Lee, and Kwok Cheung Tsang
I’m a big fan of heist movies, so I was looking forward to this one, which did extremely well in Korea. Right away, I liked the opening credits. It was a stylized way to introduce the extensive cast. The movie opened with action right away, establishing how professional they are at what they do. It was a really enjoyable scene; they make it look fun and clever. It was the perfect heist for the beginning.
There was some humor. For example, the scene where the two teams met was amusing. Each assuming the other team couldn’t understand their language, they kept insulting each other in their native languages. I giggled a few times, gasped at others. There was a lot of action in this movie, with a surprisingly good amount of romance, (though it never dwelt too much on that genre).
The array of different characters was nice. It’s good to note that there is a good amount of girls in it. In fact, half of the Korean team is made up of women, so it’s really even. Only one of them is the classy, sex appeal type, and it was easy to tell that she was the “face” of the movie. Some of the guys took advantage of her a few times, however, she still remained strong and since one of those guys was taken advantage of himself later on, the women always felt equal to the men. I just have to point that out, since that’s not common in action films.
If you’re a Kim Soo Hyun fan like me, you’ll be happy with his role here. While he still kept that young, rather innocent, vibe seen in his previous performances, they stepped up his manliness and sex appeal for this movie, so, it’s a bit of a different side to him. There were other really notable actors in this movie as well, namely, Gianna Jun, who’s famous for “My Sassy Girl” and “Windstruck,” and Simon Yam, who’s been in an impressive amount of Chinese movies.
But, for all it’s good points, it did have it’s bad. Unfortunately, the beginning caper was better than the main one. Heist movies are interesting to watch because of the intricate planning involving the caper. Even when things don’t go as planned, the criminals are clever enough to get around it with a Plan B, and there’s usually an unexpected twist to show off their intelligence. However, after the beginning of this movie, none of their plans went well, there was too much double-crossing, individual agendas, they reacted more than they planned things out. “Messy” is the best word to describe the plot.
It was still enjoyable, but by the end, I felt it was more of an action film than a heist. I think a big part of it was because it had so many characters. Watching it more than once might make it more enjoyable. Personally, I think one of the reasons it’s so popular in Korea is because of it’s all-star cast. Because of that, I think people were able to over-look any bad spots the movie had.
Check it out if you’re a fan of any of the actors, or if you want a fun, crazy, action-packed movie.