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South Korea has produced some jaw-dropping action thrillers in recent times, but this one badly needed a bit more wit to go with the wallop.
Two-thirds into the picture, the switcheroos get so ridiculous one eventually stops caring about any character.
The Merciless is a superior slice of hardboiled pulp fiction in the blossoming "Korean Noir" style.
An ultraviolent Korean crime film with plenty of swagger and visual brio, but still too generic to really stand out from the pack.
Byun delivers a taut and visceral slice of machismo; a tough, gaudy entry in the Korean crime cycle that's likely to expand the ever-growing fanbase for this kind of blood-drenched, bare-knuckle fare.
As in any good genre film, there's much more to it than shots and kicks. [Full review in Spanish]
It's not perfect, but mainstream South Korean entry The Merciless is well-executed and serves as a refreshing addition to this years' Cannes lineup.
An accomplished and well-structured South Korean noir thriller about the friendship between two prisoners which boasts an abundance of terrific cinematography and exquisite mise-en-scène to more than satisfy fans of the genre.
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