Starring: T.O.P as Ri Myung Hoon/Kang Dae Ho, Han Ye Ri as Lee Hye In, Kim Yoo Jung as Ri Hye In, Yoon Je Moon as Cha Jung Min, Park Ji Il as Jang, Kim Sun Kyung as Jang’s Wife, and Jo Sung Ha as Moon Sang Chul
Rating: R, subject matter and violence
Running Time: 112 min
Twinkies: 3 3/4 stars
Synopsis: A young man’s father, who is a North Korean spy, is falsely accused. The young man then becomes a spy to save his younger sister. He also enters high school and begins to harbor feelings for a troubled female student and also kills spies sent to South Korea.
Musings: Okay T.O.P playing a 18 year old HS student was a bit of a stretch. C’mon, folks! He is 27 years old! However, getting that off my chest, I must say that I was totally surprised…in a good way. T.O.P as the spy/student Kang Dae Ho was sensational! I think the man has found his niche in the entertainment business of movies and dramas; stick to the action ones. He excels. I said the same thing when I saw in the disastrous (my opinion) Iris. The man’s character never said a word but the impression left is still present today. I was thoroughly impressed with his skills in projecting a man who could fight. Whether it was with hand weapons or his fist, the action was very, very realistic. Usually, when you watch these idols in action movies/dramas, their scenes can be kind of stilted and look very staged; hell, some look uncomfortable; however, T.O.P looks right at home.
When he took on the bullies in the classroom who were harassing his fellow student, Hye In, it was poetry in motion. His movements were flawless during that scene. I enjoyed it so well, I had to rewind and play the entire scene again. And when he took down the bully teacher in one fluid motion, it was INSANE! Oh yes, an action movie aficionado will definitely appreciate this!
Kim Yoo Jung as the young sister, Hye In was only in the movie for moments here and there but that didn’t lessen her importance.
Han Ye Ri as Dae Ho’s classmate Hye In that he befriends and protects is also a character worth noting. As you can tell, the females truly took back stage to the action. So if you are looking for romance…forget about it!
The rest of cast from Yoon Je Moon as Detective Cha who is chasing North Korean spies to Jo Sung Ha as Comrade Moon who trained Myung Hoon and sent him to the South with the promise of freeing him and his sister are just two of the many supporting actors that took part in making this movie that much more better. No great! I enjoyed it from beginning to end even though the ending is predictable, it still made for a great Sunday (or any day) watch.
Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on several sites. Also available on Netflix if you are a subscriber.
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