Movie Monday – The Target (2014)

Starring: Ryu Seung-Ryong as Yeo-hoon, Yoo Joon-sang as Chief Detective Song, Lee Jin-wook Lee as Tae-joon, Kim Seong-ryeong as Detective Young-joo, Jo Yeo-Jeong as Hee-joo, Jo Eun-ji as Soo-jin, and Jin Goo as Sung-hoon

Rating: PG-13, subject matter and some violence

Running Time: 98 min

Twinkies: 3 1/2 stars

Synopsis: An ex-mercenary killer is framed for the murder of a renowned corporate leader. He is accompanied by an ordinary doctor who is desperate to save his abducted pregnant wife, and together they embark on a dangerous 36-hour pursuit. This is a remake of 2010 French film “Point Blank” directed by Fred Cavayé.

As usual, any movie with Ryu Seung-Ryong (as Yeo Hoon) is pretty much a sure bet. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a movie of his that I didn’t like; this was no exception. I haven’t seen the French version but I’m curious now to compare and contrast the two. Lee Jin-Wook as the doctor was par for the course as he as well as Yeo Hoon raced against time to find his wife that ultimately would give birth.

Detective Young-joo was the rough and tough female police officer in hot pursuit of the escaped criminal as well as looking for the doctor that they believe helped him escape. I always disappointed when the women in these movies are just fillers and have no substance. Luckily for once, her character as the main detective on the chase as well as others are pivotal to the story . So rare in Korean films I might say from my experience; so rare.

Jin Goo as the younger, disabled brother, Sung-hoon of Yeo-hoon is definitely memorable as the man who kidnapped Tae-joon’s wife, Hee-joo to save his brother from the hospital and ultimately rescue him from the people that are trying to kill.

Overall, it was a very good movie and as usual, you could spot the crooked cops way before the first obvious shot! Oh yes, you are in for a big surprise! A big one! Fans of Lee Jin-Wook, sorry to disappoint you as this movie is all about Ryu Seung-Ryong! Very good movie!

Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various websites. Also available on Netflix on DVD if you are a subscriber.

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