Starring: Hwang Jeong Min as Detective Seo Do-Cheol, Yoo Ah In as Jo Tae-Oh, Oh Dal Su as Team Leader Oh, Yu Hae Jin as Director Choi, Yoo In Young as Da-Hye, Jang Yoon-Ju as Miss Bong, and Jung Man Shik as Manager Jeon
Rating: R, subject matter and some violence
Running Time: 123 min
Twinkies: 4 1/2 stars
Synopsis: After an international auto theft sting, dimwitted detective Do-Cheol is treated to a night at a club where he meets Sun-jin Group third-in-line, Tae-oh, whose rude behavior rubs Do-Cheol the wrong way. Convinced Tae-Oh is a drug addict, Do-Cheol tries to investigate, but is stopped by his boss.
Meanwhile, Tae-Oh runs into Mr. Bae – a truck driver that helped Do-Cheol with his auto theft case – an his 9-year-old son, protesting to get his overdue wages. After being humiliated and beaten for tae-oh’s amusement, Bae is hospitalized but his son finds Do-Cheol’s business card and calls for help. Do-Cheol feels responsible and so decides to get Tae-oh, no matter what it takes and no matter how much Tae-oh tries to sabotage him.
Musings: I was thrilled to get to watch this at the theater in a nice, plush seating theater at that! While there were many opportunity to laugh at the antics of Do-Cheol, there were just as many to shake your head in dismay at the sheer evilness of Tae-oh! Sheer evil!.
From the beginning, Do-Cheol and his ineptness made you laugh but once he encountered Mr Bae and his case, it was like watching an immature man grow and blossom into a bonafide detective who is serious about his job. Hwang Jeong Min is a consummate actor in both serious and comedic roles so as Do-Cheol, you got to see both of these personas done very well. One thing that comes clear while watching this movie is the total sincerity of Do-Cheol in his job! While chasing criminals and protecting innocents, he is the man for the job.
Now, contrast that with Jo Tae-Oh. Tae-Oh takes ‘privileged’ to an entire different level. From the minute we see him in the very opening scenes until the total humiliation and beat-down of Mr. Bae, the fact that this chaebol man, who has no respect for people that he deems ‘lower than himself’, has to be the worst example of this you will ever see! Sure, Yoo Ah-In does a stellar job as this despicable human being but as you watch Tae-Oh and the things he does, the things that the people around him are willing to do to ‘protect the family and company image’, it really brings forth the worse in humanity. Yu Hae Jin as Director Choi, also shows you the willingness a person is able to dismiss right from wrong. Even though both actors did an amazing job as their characters, I can assure you, at the end, you are happy with the final scenes.
I would be remiss in not mentioning the other supporting cast. From Oh Dal Su to Jin Kyung; Kim Shi-Hoo to Jang Yoon-Ju, there are not many characters that you will forget. The R-rating is for the language and especially for some of the more violent scenes. Hwang Jeong Min is full of very colorful language throughout the movie; make no mistake but once you get past that, this was a very, very good movie that as I like to say “Was worth its price of admission”!
Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various streaming websites.
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