Starring: Gong Yoo as Ji Dong Chul, Park Hee Soon as Min Se Hoon, Yu Da In as Choi Gyung Hee, Jo Sung Ha as Kim Seok Ho, and Jo Jae Yun as Captain Jo
Rating: R, subject matter and some violence
Running Time: 138 min
Twinkies: 4 1/2 stars
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Synopsis: Dong Chul was the best special field agent in North Korea, but he’s abandoned by his government during a mission. While on the run, he looks for his wife and child, who were sold as slaves to China, only to discover their corpses. He soon finds out that his colleague was behind the killing and defects to the South in search of his nemesis. He looks for him during the day, and works as a temp driver at night and as a personal driver for chairman Park. One night the chairman is attacked and killed by an assassin, but not before handing over a pair of glasses to Dong Chul. He is now on the run again, accused of the chairman’s murder by the intelligence service, while trying to uncover the secret contained inside the glasses.
Musings: Romance? Forget about it! Action? Most definitely! Suspense? Right until the credits with a nice little surprise. I love when these actors return from Military Service and just go all out in their acting. Following the disaster that was “Big”, Gong Yoo wanted to remind his fans that he’s not “just another pretty face”. Yes, handsome, he is. Even slimmed down incredibly for this role, Gong Yoo still has presence on the screen. The action scenes are so intense that you will literally feel every punch, hit, broken bone, and shot as if you’re experiencing them. Though his wife, played by Nam Bo Ra is only in flashbacks, there is no question of his deep love and sorry over her death and his determination to find the people responsible for it. Gong Yoo can definitely be proud of his role and I hope he does more in the future.
Park Hee Soon as the fanatical Colonel Min, who is chasing after Dong Chul throughout the movie; more so because of a humiliation he suffered than for the crimes he was charged for, is a brilliantly played character! Park Hee Soon is truly a consummate actor who continues to put his all into his roles convincing you that he is the character he is playing (Missing Noir M, watch if you haven’t already,believe me)!
As always, Jo Sung Ha playes evil very, very well. As Kim Seok Ho, the sadistic man behind every darn thing that happens to Dong Chul, his family, and everyone else that meets their demise in this movie, he won’t be one of your favorite characters, but the acting chops of this perennial bad guy; yes, you will be adding him to that list of men deserving a bad ending! I’d be remissed in not mentioning that Song Jae Rim plays a very small role as an agent for the North hiding in South and waiting for those orders.
For us action fans, this is a must-see as it contains everything you’d expect of a Spy/espionage movie. From beginning to end, a very good movie worth watching; however, if you have an abhorrence for violence, this is not for you. The “R” rating is justified. Great cast! I HIGHLY recommend it!
Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various streaming websites. Also available on Netflix if you are a subscriber.
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