Les Formidables (2006)
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A suicidal cop and the criminal who was wrongfully accused of killing his partner are bound together by their mutual desire to catch the true culprit in this breathlessly-paced chase film starring Park Joong-Hoon and Chun Jeong-Myoung. Inspector Sung-woo and his partner were on a routine stakeout when Sung-woo walked away from his post and his partner was ruthlessly gunned down. Meanwhile, as Sung-woo prepares to accept the punishment handed down by his superiors, petty thief Su-hyun struggles to break free from the criminal syndicate. When Su-hyun receives a call to carry out one last job, he has little choice but to accept and hope for the best. But the job is closely tied to the murder of Sung-woo's partner, and when Su-hyun is caught he is set up as the scapegoat for the crime he vows to prove his innocence at any cost. In a bold move that stuns the entire police force, Su-hyun escapes from the hospital where is being held under tight security, kidnapping Sung-woo as a bargaining chip. But how does one threaten a cop that doesn't care if he lives or dies? As the chase to find the true killer gets underway these two unlikely allies quickly discover that, despite being on opposing sides of the law, they're both on the same mission. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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Rather good Korean cop drama. It kind of sounds like a comedy at first, but plays out like a drama. A man suspected of murdering a policeman escapes prison and takes a cop hostage. Just his luck then that he picks the one cop who wants to die. UH-OH. Buddy mayhem? Not exactly. The film stays rooted to the ground and uses the absurdity as dark comedic tones amongst interesting characters. The action is fantastic, with the usual car chase ending in a spectacular car crash. There's even an apartment brawl involving crowbar vs. kitana. Want to find out who wins??? Thought you might. The plot stays simple and the characters get complex. Just what a cop drama needs. It looks excellent and is very enjoyable. Park gives the kind of performance you would expect...excellent. Something about him is both comical and serious. Making him a great leading man. It also avoided any melodrama, even with a dying child subplot. Now that IS impressive.
Hyper-kinetic Korean actioner with an absurd title doesn't always make sound logical sense but doesn't give you much time to think about it either. A cop whose partner is killed turns suicidal and fingers the wrong man, who conversely feels he himself has a lot left to live for including proving his innocence. After an escape (the first of MANY), the two men alternate between being allies and enemies which gives the movie its compelling backbone. The dizzying camera's constant movement and protracted story both run out of steam well before the closing credits. Thankfully, like fellow Korean flick The Host, it manages to drizzle some ace lighthearted moments into the melee while featuring more chaotic fistfights than a Toys'R'Us on Black Friday.
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