Starring: Son Hyun Joo as Det. Choi Chang-sik, Park Seo Joon as Det. Cha Dong Jae, Ma Dong Seok as Det. Oh, Jung Won Joong as Police Chief, and Choi Daniel as Kim Jin Gyu
Rating: PG-13, subject matter and some violence
Running Time: 102 min
Twinkies: 5 stars
Synopsis: Detective Squad Chief Choi is set for a promotion and he has a party with his co-workers to celebrate, but, on the way home, a crime occurs and he accidentally commits murder. Because of his promotion, he decides to cover up the crime. The next morning, TV news reveals a body is hanging from a crane at a construction site. Choi is shocked because the body hanging is the person he killed last night. He takes charge of the murder investigation. Later, the police station receives a mysterious phone call.
Musings: This is going to be a hard review to write. Why? I want you to watch it and be as surprised as I was. The movie is basically what the synopsis states but the story behind it is much deeper than you first see at first.
Son Hyun Joo as Det. Choi Chang-sik is simply a powerhouse in this movie, you cannot expect anything less when he is on the screen. As Det. Choi, it is amazing to watch what seems to be a great and upstanding police officer, spiral down the drain. The title “Chronicles of Evil” is very appropriate to the movie. The definition of the word ‘chronicle’ is “a factual written account of important or historical events in the order of their occurrence”. As you learn about the history of Det. Choi’s career and what happened in the past, the use of the word in the title truly makes sense.
Choi Daniel as Kim Jin Gyu is very memorable. His portrayal of Kim Jin Gyu whose father was arrested and convicted to death for 12 cyanide murders is the first thing you see in the movie at the beginning. Just remember, everything you see during the movie has a purpose and the true purpose all comes clear at the very end. Just remember this line from Kin Jin Gyu: “I am an actor, remember?” Yes, this makes little sense now but when you realize what that one sentence means, enjoy the surprise.
Last but not least is Park Seo Joon as Det. Cha Dong Jae. Dong Jae learns very early on what Det. Choi is all about. You wonder if Dong Jae is fighting with his conscious on what he should do with the knowledge he has gained and the evidence that he works hard to hide. But don’t forget, nothing is as it seems in this movie that throws us a nice twist and culminates to a glorious ending. Do I recommend this? Absolutely. Sure, there is some violence as the opening scenes and the synopsis eludes to but the real focus on this story is the police and what they will do to close a case successfully.
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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