Starring: Kim Woo Bin as Ji Hyeok, Kim Yeong Cheol as President Jo, Go Chang Seok as Koo In, Lee Hyun Woo as Jong Bae, Jo Yoon Hee as Eun Ha, and Im Joo Hwan as Department Head Lee
Rating: R, subject matter and some violence
Running Time: 116 min
Twinkies: 3 stars
Synopsis: Also known as “The Con Artists”, Ji Hyeok is an elite safe-cracker and counterfeiter. He works with Koo In who introduces him to elite hacker Jong Bae. There’s rumors that Jong Bae has betrayed other partners in his past. Nevertheless, the trio decide to work together to steal valuable diamonds held within a secret vault at a high-end jewelry store.
The jewelry store is owned by President Jo. Meanwhile, President Jo is in search of an elite safe-cracker to help him steal millions of dollars stored within a Korean customs area in Incheon, South Korea.
Calling all Woobie fans! Calling all Woobie fans! You will definitely like this one. It was a nice departure from his usual High School fare and rich chaebol roles. I always look forward to seeing these actors in “something more challenging”. This movie fits that bill. It required muscle and action, for sure. It required showing us your mechanical skills with weaponry and tools; I approve. While the story, at times, was slow pace in getting to the “meat” of the story, I enjoyed it for the action and the fact that it was different for all of the younger cast.
Sorry Woobie fans, the big standout for me was definitely Lee Hyun Woo as Jong Bae. As an electronic expert as well as skilled to the max with weaponry, it was nice to see him in this movie as this character. As you can expect, this movie is featuring the dark side and that even there, the levels of good and bad exist.
Now, Im Ju Hwan as the evil assistant/henchman of President Jo was an extra added treat for me. This role was a CLEAR departure from his other roles and definitely prepped him for his role in “Oh My Ghost” but I think his evil persona didn’t need the extra added scar on his face; overkill much?
Overall, not the best or great movie but will entertain you from beginning to end. I enjoyed the acting, the characters and at time, the story. For one of my favorite movie genre, it was just okay. However, steer away if you are sensitive to violence. This movie has its share.
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