Starring: Kwon Sang Woo as Kang Dae Man, Sung Dong Il as Det. Noh Tae Soo, Seo Young Hee as Lee Mi Ok [Dae Man’s wife], Park Hae Joon as Det. Lee Joon Soo, Lee Seung Jun as Kim Yong Gyu and Yoon Gyeong Ho as Detective Ma
Rating: PG-13, subject matter and some violence
Running Time: 120 min
Twinkies: 4 stars
Synopsis: Dae-Man is busy running a comic book store, website, taking care of a baby and solving murder cases. He gets the biggest kick from going to the police station and giving his opinion to detectives. Highly respected Detective No at the police station can’t stand Dae-Man. One day, Dae-Man’s friend and detective, Joon-Soo, is arrested for murder. To prove his innocence, Detective No teams up with Dae-Man. Meanwhile, a second murder takes place.
Musings: “Murder Exchange”. For all you Cinephiles (lover of movies) out there and who are familiar with the great Alfred Hitchcock’s Stranger on a Train, you will know exactly what this means and this is basically what this movie really is about. I must admit, I wasn’t expecting to laugh as much as I did. I am really not a big fan of Kwan Sang Woo in dramas but undoubtedly, he makes some really great film choices and this is definitely one of them.
As the synopsis eludes to is the fact that Dae Man wanted to be a police detective. He was smart and highly analytical in his thinking; unfortunately, an injury while doing his military service prevents him from passing the physical so he lives vicariously through his best friend, Joon Soo and being the number one murder profiler on a online website. When Joon Soo is framed for the murder of another good friend, Kim Yong Gyu’s wife, the mysterious deepens and the true fun begins.
He meets up with Joon-Soo’s partner, Det. Noh Tae Soo who was recently demoted, unfairly for solving a case. Or maybe it was because he made his fellow police officers look stupid, I wasn’t quite sure on this one. The two of these men together are simply hilarious!! At first you think Det. Noh is this rough and tough police detective but later you find out just how much a pussycat he is….at home! Again, funny! I enjoyed these two actors’ together. Admittedly, this has to be the first comedy since My Tutor Friend that I’ve seen Kwan Sang Woo in but I’ve seen quite a few with Sung Dong Il; very versatile actor.
When Det. Noh allows Dae Man to hang with him as he continues to investigate the murders, more and more evidence comes to light which finally points to that “murder exchange” I mentioned above. So, what is it you say? Again, crime novelists have used this term and technique many times where someone kills for another and then that person reciprocates. By establishing a perfect alibi, the true culprit never gets caught! As the movie continues, this simple fact slowly unravels itself and it is at the end, the true killers are all revealed.
Make no mistake, there is a fair share of violence in this movie as you would expect for a detective/crime theme; however, it goes from serious to fun in a flash as well as a nice buddy-buddy theme as these two men: a detective and a wannabe bond and solve what could have been perfect murders.
Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various streaming websites.
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