Tabloid Truth (2014)
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While Kim Kwang-sik deftly renders the fight and chase sequences, the film's unrelenting pace and tangled plot trump its limited efforts to address the feelings of despair or the broader moral issues at its heart.
Just as prone to sensationalism as the scandalous tipsheets it lambasts.
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Not as bad of a movie as I was expecting. Just the whole story of an actress killing herself due to gossip of her being involved with a congressman and then her manager going on a search to find out the truth about who spread these malicious lies just sounds like a recipe for something that might not end up being good. And I'm not even that this is good per se, but it's not a bad movie at all, fairly average by South Korean thriller standards. I've seen so many Korean thrillers that they honestly start to blend together if they're not of elite quality. You will not be able to tell them apart. The Trilogy of Vengeance, Memories of Murder, Mother, I Saw the Devil, and The Chaser. Those are quality Korean thrillers. Since this is not one of those elite Korean thrillers, this is gonna blend together with all the other films of this type I've seen. But, admittedly. I was not bored at any second in watching this film. It may not have been a good movie but I was slightly intrigued by what was going on. The story does get a little convoluted and contrived since the manager, pretty much, finds out who published these rumors in the first 25 minutes or so. So, of course, he delves deeper into this conspiracy that ties back to a company that's trying to use its influence in order to get the politicians they want in place in order for them to approve a project this company wants. I honestly didn't really care that much about the plot to pay any real attention to it. I'm sure that if I did, I would've found 10,000 plot holes that would've destroyed this movie's chances of being believable. But I didn't, this is a one-dimensional movie at its core. There's no deep message, though it tries to pretend it has one with its criticism of gossip magazines/leaflets and how some of these people do not comprehend the consequences of some of the shit they publish. But it's not exactly deep or subtle, it certainly wears its message on its sleeve. And that's fine, not every movie has to be intellectual. You don't need to pay THAT much attention to the plot, but you do at the same time. Pay just enough attention to be able to follow what's going on and don't go any further than that cause I honestly get the feeling that you'd drive yourself nuts with all the holes the film has. What I did like about the movie is the fact that the main character, for the most part, is completely useless when it comes to physical presence or intimidation. Usually, in these films, the guy is also kind of a badass motherfucker that can kick ass and take names. The main character in this movie, however, is pretty goddamn terrible. He's beat up like 4 times in the film, each one worse than the last, and he doesn't ever get anything in on the big bad of the film, the CEO of the security agency. This guy is just a talent manager, he's not an ass-kicker. And that's cool to me. The writing is ok, the acting is pretty decent (nothing mind-blowing). But I think the movie works in some way if you don't take it as seriously. The film takes itself way too seriously, but I think it was a conscious decision. It's goofy how seriously this movie takes itself, so that added a little bit of B-movie charm to this, even if it wasn't intended. It's just your basic South Korean revenge thriller. For better or worse. I won't remember this in a week, but at least I didn't have a bad time watching this. Can't exactly recommend it however.
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