The Berlin File (2013)
The Berlin File (2013)
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Critic Reviews for The Berlin File
There is something sharp, exciting and more original tucked within "The Berlin File" - and it is in moments a sleek, crackling film - but it all feels somehow misshapen.
As soon as "The Berlin File" takes flight with its exhilarating action set pieces, memories of any muddles evaporate amid the tension and vivid engagement with settings, from courtyards to fields.
The Berlin File benefits from gritty surroundings that add a cold war realism to this otherwise confusing tale of conflicted loyalties and secret agendas.
The story feels fairly perfunctory - not to mention unnecessarily knotty - but the well-connected leads do their best to ground it.
[A] formulaic but solid Cold War-style spy thriller, with North Korea pinch-hitting for the Soviet Union.
Audience Reviews for The Berlin File
A hopelessly convoluted plot drags down what could have been a much better movie. An agent's wife is framed for being a traitor, while the agent - known as the hero of his people - must figure out a way to clear her and not be labeled a traitor himself. Well acted, but the story is a mess.
It's a great film with the right amount of bullets flying, punches and flips, and superb acting from the cast, even this time from the white guy who found himself in a Korean movie, but it is lacking. It's got the romance, the action, the story...and there we go. The story. There's your problem. It could have been so much more straightforward, and this is where alot of films from any nation fail. It beats around the bush too much, or it just doesn't beat around the bush enough. It's a great film but it could have been so much greater and not just reliant on over the top action sequences. The ending will leave viewers staring in sad shock and wonder, "Why?!" if you were as into it as I was. (No, the main character doesn't die, but the ending was avoidable.) The verdict? Great film, but not without faults. It gets its stars in my book because I always enjoy a good old fashioned bare bones Korean action film. Always different from what I can expect here in the (ahem) good ole USA. Well, mostly. I'm not gonna totally shoot down American cinema. Not totally.
Ryoo Seung-Wan delvers once again with insane fight scenes and full contact/non wire choreography, only to be hindered by a hard to follow excess of characters whose names sound alike.
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