Starring: Kim Soo Hyun as Won Ryu Hwan, Lee Hyun Woo as Lee Hae Jin, and Park Ki Woong as Lee Hae Rang
Rating: R, violence towards the end
Running Time: 123 min
Twinkies: 3 1/2
Synopsis: A group of spies called the 5446 Corps were trained by North Korean elite special forces since their youth, ostensibly towards the lofty goal of unifying Korea. They are ambitiously dispatched to South Korea, where each disguises himself as a fool, an aspiring singer, and a high school student. Passing boring time without receiving any orders from the North, they gradually get used to life as ordinary neighbors in a small town until one day, their mundane lives are turned upside down when a “secret and great” mission is suddenly assigned to them.
Musings: My feelings on this movie are all over the place and so was the plot. From the beginning until the last 1/3 of the movie; it was very, very good and this is where my twinkle score comes from; however, somewhere, the movie kind of lost me for a few frames and I knew where they were going but I wasn’t sure if they knew how they were going to get there!
But, the acting was great! A good actor works with what he has. I must say, thanks to this movie, I’ll look at Kim Soo Hyun a lot closer now. When he was playing his Dong Gu persona, he was absolutely phenomenal! The rest paled in comparison. Park Ki Woong, was good but I just couldn’t take my eyes off that freaking orange hair! Lee Hyun Woo as the youngest was bad*** from the beginning until the end.
What also worked with this movie was the sprinkling of side stories: the girl (Ran played by Lee Chae Young) who life was pretty messed up because she was disowned by her parents; the Yoon siblings (played by Park Eun Bin and Choi Woo Sik); and Madame Jun and her nephew, Jo Doo-Suk (played by Park Hye-Sook and Hong Kyoung-In) who fiercely protected Won Ryu Hwan, the fool in spite of their own problems.
The action in this movie was well-orchestrated. Every action scene was definite and distinctly different. All of these actors should do more action movies or dramas; they really excelled. Again, the biggest hole in the movie was the story towards the end. But be warned. If you are looking at this movie strictly for the actors, I think the ending might be a big disappointment for you but otherwise well worth the 2+ hours. BTW, starting to wonder if the Korean film industry just think SK police are stupid. Just saying.
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