The Front Line (2012)
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Toward the end of the Korean War, an uneasy ceasefire is ordered, but out on the Eastern front line of the Aerok Hills, in an expanse of land called the Aero.K, fierce fighting continues. A race to capture this strategic point to determine a new border between the two Koreas is the ultimate prize. At the Eastern border stands the "Alligator Company," known to be the best soliders on the front line. They are the only unit to have survived the worst battle of the war at Pohang. When a South Korean
Jan 20, 2012 Limited
May 8, 2012
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A movie that reserves its final sickening wallop for a grueling half-hour that leaves you as emotionally battered as the soldiers are forced to return to hell for one last senseless round.
While its tone and humanity offset the futility of each side's need for one crucial hill, much of this intense, honorable film is too drawn-out.
This strong, assured Band of Brothers-style drama from director Jang Hun makes universal points about bonding, misery, loyalty, and the senselessness of war through a portfolio of soldiers.
Quick, unexpected flashes engross the viewer in this Korean War tale even as the script is filled with conventional war movie tropes and types.
The themes and characters are right out of any number of classic war movies, but... the frontline culture, so at odds with military discipline and command, is fascinating.
If you like war movies, this one is a dandy. Sure, you'll recognize some of the genre's shopworn conventions, but there are enough unique twists and details to make "The Front Line" memorable.
Jang's filmmaking weapons may be utterly conventional, but that does not prevent them from delivering a high-impact payload.
Hollywood clichés pervade The Front Line, from its slate and sepia tones to its stock company of characters and dialogue that translates macho posturing into present-day slang.
The action in The Front Line is bloody and tense, but the movie also reduces war to its simplest terms...
Both brutal and sentimental, this Oscar-submitted Korean war drama offers up rusty tropes as telling ironies.
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