Detective Seo Do-cheol is tough and merciless when it comes to crime. But while investigating a high-profile case, Seo finds out that arrogant young millionaire Jo Tae-oh — the third-generation heir to powerful conglomerate Sunjin Group — is pulling some strings behind the scenes.
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Ryoo Seung-wan, one of South Korea's great commercial filmmakers, rebounds from his perhaps overly poe-faced spy thriller "The Berlin File" with the box office smash "Veteran." This madcap action/comedy sets a virtuous and hard-nosed cop up against a sociopathic rich kid with a bottomless bank account - through the laughs and fisticuffs, it's clear the real enemy of the story is a capitalism unfettered by morality.
A disappointing mix of action and comedy that doesn't gel in a coherent way despite some good fight choreography in small flashes. Ah In Yoo is great as the villain, a one percenter who thinks he can buy himself out of trouble, who doesn't account for the honesty and integrity of the cop pursuing him. Their cat and mouse tale works but the silliness of the gags and mugging torpedo the film before long.
Complice anche la performance attoriale di uno Hwang Jung-min in stato di grazia, Ryoo Seung-wan sforna uno dei migliori thriller coreani degli ultimi anni. Il ritmo è incalzante e l'apparato audiovisivo a dir poco sensazionale, perfettamente sintetizzato da un clamoroso incipit sulle note di Heart of Glass dei Blondie. Un centro perfetto, giustamente ripagato dal pubblico che lo ha reso un enorme successo.
Unexpectedly great! I laughed so much my stomach hurt, the action scenes had elaborate and interesting choreography especially as things gradually went out of control, the villain was believable enough for this kind of film and the story also managed to be a decent social commentary.