Eye For an Eye (Noon-e-neun noon I-e-neun i) (2008)
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Straight up, Eye for an Eye is Korea's answer to Heat. Before viewing this, a friend of mine described this to me as a cross between Soderbergh's Ocean's films and Michael Mann's Heat. If I may say so, that is pretty darn accurate.
When it comes down to it, the story involves cops chasing bad guys. The first 3rd of this 90 minute picture is all about the Ocean's Eleven type of heists as the criminals outwit the cops. This comes complete with upbeat jazzy music and playful screen divisions and transitions. The film then turns to detective work, which involves a cocky police captain that has his own tricks up his sleeve to outwit the criminals.
While the story is no doubt interesting, it is some other things that hurt this picture. The editing, especially in the latter stages, makes the film seem jumpy at times. The character development is also only successful for the two main characters, while everybody else, on both sides, get lost in the shuffle.The action is a little weak as well. There isn't a whole lot and there is nothing special about any of it.
Suk-kyu Han and Seung-won Cha are fantastic in this picture and they are the 2 leads. The supporting cast is OK, but they are forgettable as I previously mentioned.
Sure, Eye for an Eye has its flaws and lack of originality, with the Ocean's Eleven and Heat comparisons and all, but this is far from a bad movie. Fans of Korean crime films will enjoy this.
A cat and mouse thriller from Korea trying to join the ranks of recent successes such as Infernal Affairs mostly succeeds. Han Suk Kyu plays Baek, a detective ready to get away from the force when suddenly Ahn (Cha Seung Won) begins to put a master plan in motion to pull one over on the force and steal a bunch of gold. What follows is tons of police drama with car chases and clever tricks to fool those darn police agents always getting in the way. Great action and acting for those craving more of the police crime action/drama genre.
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