The Attorney (2014)
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SONG Woo-seok has no clients, connections, or even a college degree, but his eye for business and appetite for money turn him into one of the most successful lawyers in town. But right at the peak of his success, a local teenager is falsely accused of a crime, then beaten and tortured while waiting in jail. Shocked by these conditions, SONG changes the course of his life, and takes on the case no one else will. This story is based on true events. (c) Well Go USA
Feb 7, 2014 Limited
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A familiar yet compelling South Korean courtroom drama, propelled by Song Kang-ho's strong performance as an unlikely hero.
What makes writer-director Yang Woo-seok's feature debut special is how it handles this shocking incident with verve, style, and humor.
Just when a viewer is lulled into believing "The Attorney" is a lighthearted comedy about a doofus of a lawyer, this powerful South Korean feature takes a sharp turn toward brutal political thriller.
The movie is carried by its rousing pro- democracy message and a lively performance from the versatile leading man ...
"The Attorney" is on the side of justice, but it's a ham-fisted dramatization of real-life events that mistakes anger for persuasion.
[D]espite [some] concessions to unrealistic Hollywood conventions, The Attorney's righteous anger at injustice [...] is delivered with effectively mounting urgency.
What could serve as a fascinating parallel between recent history and contemporary questions about the value of extraordinary rules of engagement in a time of omnipresent threats of terror, instead turns into a mawkish, inspirational lawyer movie...
Unfortunately, despite the subject's import, rookie director Yang shows his inexperience with a needlessly confusing and fractured flashback-filled technique...which keeps one at arm's length from the dramatic involvement.
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