Running Turtle (Geobugi dallinda) (2010)
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as Jo Pil-seong
as Song Gi-tae
as Detective Jo's wife
as Pyo Jae-seok
as Team Leader Yang
as Detective Lee
as Detective Lee
as Detective Park
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This film wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. This is best describe as a decent film that you'll quickly forget about it as it provides nothing even remotely memorable. It is never bad at any point but you feel apathetic about it all after it's over. I just found the film to be lacking in something that would've taken it to the next level. I don't think the villain is really developed that well, he's just a dick for no reason whatsoever. The acting is solid, the acting is hardly ever the problem in South Korean flicks. The problem is that the writing, while having a decent idea of this man trying to do right by his family, just doesn't have the punch it probably should've had. Then again I prefer this to the typical melodrama found in South Korean comedies. Still, the story could've been better or at least more entertaining, since the film really wasn't that fun to watch. Comedies can get away with not being funny if they're at least entertaining to watch. It IS possible to do. Anyway, a decent but not particularly memorable Korean "comedy".
Crime thriller Running Turtle, from Yeon-woo Lee, is a decent motion picture out of Korea.
Sporting a 1 hour 50+ minute run time, this film spends a lot of time setting up the story and characters before it actually picks up. It moves by at a moderate pace, but when it comes down to it, there is nothing striking about it. The antagonist lacks real treachery, so for most of the picture the hero is one to cheer for out of pity, and not because of a detestable villain. This isn't all bad because there is a lot of depth for the hero, Pil-seong.
There isn't anything memorable about the action. The story behind the villain is that he is skilled in martial arts; however, none of the action segments thrive on this, as most come across as typical brawls.
In this rural setting, Kim Yoon-seok does an excellent job as Pil-seong. Jeong Kyeong-ho is an acceptable criminal and the rest of the supporting cast put up convincing enough performances.
Running Turtle is nowhere near horrendous, but it isn't a high recommendation; still, it fits in line with other Korean crime thrillers.
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