Movie Monday – Time Renegades (2016)

Starring: Im Su Jeong as Yoon Jung [1983] / So Eun [2015], Lee Jin Wook as Detective Gun Woo [2015], Jo Jung Suk as Ji Hwan [1983], Lee Min Ho (the other one) as Kang Seung Bum, Lee Ki Woo as Detective Lee, and Jeong Jin Yeong sd Detective Kang

Rating: PG-13/R, subject matter and some violence

Running Time: 107 min

Twinkies: 4 1/2 stars

Synopsis: 1983: Ji Hwan, a high school music teacher, is soon to wed his colleague and girlfriend, Yoon Jeong. Yoon Jeong becomes involved in a case and Ji Hwan attempts to protect her. Moments later, he is fighting for his life after he is stabbed by a mugger.

2015: Police detective Geon Woo is shot by a suspect. The two men who live 30 years apart, fight for their lives on the same day, at the same hospital. As they come back from the brink of death, the two men begin to see through each other’s eyes in their dreams. Gun Woo learns about a case that took place in the past from Ji Hwan. Gun Woo also meets So Eun and, together, they go after the case that took place in the past.

Musings: Not very often will you see two love stories that transcend time in one movie. Think the drama, Signal or definitely the U.S movie, Frequency and the basic premise of this movie falls into that category. As the story begins on 31 December, in the respective years of 1982 (for Ji Hwan) and 2015 (for Gun Woo), it is at that moment in time that both characters are near fatally wounded in an attack on their perspective New Years Day, their connection over time is through their minds and not an inanimate object this time. It is through this psychic connection that Ji Hwan has a connection to the future and Gun Woo to the past. It is also through this connection that both man share a vision of a woman, both played by Im Su Jeong. In Ji Hwan’s world, she is his soon to be fiancee, Yoon Jung while Gun Woo, who is a police officer and on a stakeout sees that same woman in the crowd. How’s that for a story line?

I loved how the writer used a character that looked the same in both of these men’s worlds as the means of connecting them together. And it is also their perspective women that moves the story forward and unravels a mystery that has continued to unfold and rewind over 32 years.

As you can expect, the acting in this movie was great. I have to give BIG props to Jo Jung Suk as Ji Hwan because he truly was the strength of the movie. It is his portrayal of Ji Hwan and his race against time to not only solve a mystery but to also change the future that drives this story to the end.

I loved the used of camera shots where one scene would be in the past and then fade into the future so that you see each of the characters in their own world. The colliding of time was handled very well and you always could tell when the characters would have that window into the future or past. This is definitely a action/thriller/suspense/supernatural movie. With the rating, I have to add the “R” because of the presence of violence; not only towards the main characters but also to others, I don’t want to give the story away. Why? Because this was a very good story with not only a decent main cast but the supporting cast not only added to the enjoyment but definitely bolsters my rating. Actors like Lee Min Ho (the other one), an actor I’ve not had the privilege to see too often and I don’t know why because he is a very good actor! but he plays the student Kang Seung Bum whose father is accused of a murder he actually didn’t commit and Jeong Jin Yeong as Detective Kang who comes to the precinct as the lead detective but his past has made him a bitter man but the more you watch, the more you realize the true connection between him and the other characters both past and present.

This is a movie I am glad I finally got to see! After winning tickets earlier this year and then having the movie leave before I could actually go see it was such a disappointment that I vow never to put off seeing a movie once I have it in my mind to watch! I would have really enjoyed watching this one on the big screen; so, I had to be happy with a 50″ television screen but I cannot say I didn’t enjoy this movie any less! Well worth watching!!

Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various streaming websites

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