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4/5 Ratings for The Pirates
Adventure Action ...
Great movie to watch with friends!
Pretty awesome twist on pirate movies, plus hot Korean chicks.
The acting is nice enough, the humor working, the action is very well choreographed ..fun, perfect ride through korean history and legends......
this movie is so good. I love where the story goes. could easily have been weak sauce but offers plenty to get into. the characters are brilliant and everything about this movie is great.
I don't get it. I mean they are making an over the top Pirate film like it's the Asian version of Pirates of the Caribbean. Awful CGI with obvious green screen moments. The acting is so "cartoonish" with some cheesy dialogues, and this is maybe one of the corniest Asian adventure flicks in a long time. It could really have a potential for a big budgeted films like these, but it failed big time. In terms of execution and character development, it could have been better. Overacting and over used of CGI effects. Maybe I just wasted 2 hours of my life watching this crap. 2 stars out of 5.
The greenscreen isn't great, and it's too long. Great casting for the comic foil, though. The acting, costumes, and story make up for the foibles of Pirates: Bandits Going to the Sea.
Es rara como toda peli coreana. Pero tiene buenas secuencias de acción y algunos gags hilarantes.
It wouldn't surprise me to find out that this movie was more entertaining than the 3 sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean. I only saw the first sequel which I, somehow, gave a positive review. I was really down on it at the time though and I doubt that it's the kind of movie that has aged well in the ensuing decade. I've seen parts of At World's End and it was convoluted. Didn't see that last one with Penelope Cruz and, honestly, have no real interest to watch it either. But yea, this review is not about that series. This movie is quite entertaining. I thought the film, with its wide cast of characters, and all its developments was relatively easy to follow. Whale swallows royal seal. Bandits and pirates face off against each other in the search for it. Of course, there's some obvious character stuff done here, but the main arc is pretty simple to follow. I point that out, and I don't mean in the case of their comedies, but some Korean films with a lot of characters have convoluted storytelling that makes no sense and makes following and trying to keep track of it is absolutely pointless. But since this is an comedy/action/adventure film, then at least they did the right thing at not overly complicating the story to the point you wouldn't care. The characters are likable and there's plenty of funny moments in the film. Most of these come from Yoo Hae-jin, probably one of South Korea's better comedic actors, in trying to explain to the bandits what fish are and how big the whale is. But the entire group of bandits is goofy, silly, and, most importantly, fun. And that's a word that you can use to describe the entire movie with really. It has its serious moments, of course, but it's never, to me, melodramatic or sentimental, well outside of a couple of scenes. But the film is 85% comedy vs 15% everything else and I think that's about as good a balance as you could ask for with this type of movie. Because that means, for as long as the movie is, and it's not even really THAT long, that this is over in a flash. The pacing of this film is excellent. The movie itself may not be great, but at least it's one that won't overstay its welcome. The action didn't really do that much for me, though there's some cool set pieces here and there. It's really all about the character interaction for me, at least in this case. The acting is perfectly solid, but there's no real depth to any of the characters honestly. This was to be expected in this type of film with a bunch of characters and limited time to tell this story, so it is what it is. They chose to tell the story that way and it probably worked as best as it was ever going to be. The special effects are a bit of a mixed bag, some of it looks great, other times it looks terrible. Like whenever the characters would swing on a rope and it would look like the image behind the actors was moving while they stood still holding a rope. In other scenes, particularly the open sea stuff, it looked quite good. Nothing extravagant, but good enough. So yea, this is a fun little popcorn film. You don't have to go out of your way to see this, but it is a fairly entertaining. Much better than the last Transformers movie.
Koreans take on the marine action sub genre to produce this cross between Pirates of the Caribbean and Moby Dick/Free Willy. There are some exciting set pieces and comic moments (with some really good shots with whales) , but it never goes beyond a pleasant way to pass time.