A dark & inspired thriller where crime feeds on misery (Taxi Driver) Unbridled kinetic virtuosity (Blues Brothers car crashes). Ambitious B series - unequal in style & unity - but pure enjoyment. === Polar sobre, glauque & inspiré où le crime se nourrit de la misère (Taxi Driver), à la virtuosité cinétique effrénée (Blues Brothers). Un récit original, inégal en style & unité, mais 1 vrai suspense & 1 grande série B.
woah... this was so difficult to watch as action movies make me shaky. nonetheless, the plot was interesting enough to continue watching it til the end. i'd say the story is quite predictable but has some twists. the movie is a little too long. i was so emotionally tired after this but.. nice job
The first part of the movie plays as an incredibly well-done dark thriller about a poor chinese man in debt to gangsters, who is smuggled into Korea to kill a wealthy man, while at the same time trying to locate his wife. This is unfortunately ruined by the later part in the movie when it switches to preposterous action, that might have been entertaining if it didn't ruin everything that was built up until that point
Love the story, love the action, and although the last portion of the film does get a little bit too much, it's very enjoyable if you let yourself get carried along by the current of crazed Koreans axing each other. The acting is also excellent, as seems to be the norm for South Korean cinema. A fantastic thriller, and definitely easy to recommend to anyone looking for an exciting and engaging foreign film.
Altro strepitoso pezzo di bravura di Jin,che delizia con una storia cruda e bestiale,con uomini che hanno nella violenza e nel marciume il proprio Eldorado e dove un uomo comune catapultato in questo vortice diventa una bestia di pari livello.Action da sturbo,scene da panico,protagonisti(soprattutto il Macellaio) sopra le righe:questo è un regista con la R maiuscola.4*
Dopo The Chaser un altro film della madonna di Na Hong-Jin. Scene d'azione paurose (tutta la parte al porto è clamorosa), violenza mai stemperata ma nemmeno ostentata, sempre dolorosa da guardare, solita critica alle istituzioni incompetenti e c'è anche spazio per la denuncia delle condizioni di una minoranza costretta a vivere sul compromesso. Davvero un filmone.
na hong-jin is one of the new directors i'm most excited about. there's something about the insane messiness of this movie (and "the chaser," which i liked slightly better), combined with ugly noir misanthropy, combined with sprawling narratives, combined with expert staging that works well for me. he's not great with character and doesn't necessarily have much to say about the world, but so far i'm not complaining!
I saw the longer theatrical cut. A blood drenched job-gone-wrong across national borders come revenge flick. It's got corruption, people smuggling, gnarly dogs and a really good sense of drama and character development before the body count starts. The chase sequences are incredible but the amount of suspension of disbelief is a real let-down. This could easily lose about 40mins of footage 3.5 stars