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[It's] a twisty, hyper-talkative historical epic that peers behind the curtain of political theater to offer a peek at how North and South Korea really stay in touch.
A taut, slowly engrossing, effectively old-fashioned Cold War thriller.
This well-crafted work deserves to be seen for its thorough account of intricate workings of secret service and political skullduggery.
A timely, confusing, fascinating, long-winded true story.
The script eschews action in favour of twisting drama and subterfuge, ensuring danger is only one step away.
Though The Spy Gone North starts off slow, it picks up speed as Park finds himself doubted by military man Manager Jung (Ju Ji-hoon)and viewers are thrown into political maze with unexpected twists.
There is a digital Pyongyang and a deeply uncomfortable meeting with then Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il, but what endures is the ludicrously fine line of survival.
One of Spy's unanticipated pleasures is its ability to wring drama out of the minutia involved in what might seem like an esoteric business deal.
Thankfully these moments are countered by some expertly executed sequences of high-stakes espionage, balancing the film's even-handed politics with similarly assured thrills.
For much of the movie, The Spy Gone North unfolds as a competent espionage thriller. Then the final 30 minutes elevate it to something more - a compelling tale of murky politics and unlikely friendship.
...a great story, enjoyably told with cinematic flair and verve...
Once the action gets underway, THE SPY GONE NORTH moves as sleek and sharp as a shark through water, thanks to its tense thrills and excellent performances. Smart, and loaded with edge-of-your-seat suspense, it is terrific summer movie viewing.
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