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'The Unjust' is yet another example of Korean noir film-making at its finest. The acting is first-rate, the screenplay detailed, cinematography and cuts are above par. The unfolding of events become darker as the film progresses and ends with a BANG.
Welcome to Korea, where the police apparently are just as corrupt as the criminals. This is a slightly convoluted tale of cops and DAs on the take in the name of ambition and pride. As you would surmise, there is gunplay, physical beatings and death. It doesn't paint a pretty picture, but it is put together well enough that your are never bored even if you can sense where it is all leading in the end.
The Unjust has slick direction and fine performances, but its all undone by lazy and uneven writing. The premise itself is interesting: When a suspected serial killer is killed while being apprehended, the police try to find a patsy in order to satisfy the public. A disgraced Captain who wants a promotion is given the chance and teams up with a mob boss, but a thorough prosecutor won't let it go.
The movie should literally end at the 90-95 minute mark. They have this haunting moving shot that is perfect. Instead, they add in a few more unneeded plot details here and there and end it on a whimper instead of a bang.
The ending is not the only weak point, weird plot points happen that seem ridiculous when they occur, and some of the conflict simply fizzles out.
At the 100 minute mark, I was wondering when this thing was going to end. That is never a good sign when watching a film.
It does have a few cool scenes and some weird black humour, but The Unjust is just unwell.
If American movies were even close to as good as Korean movies, life would be so much better. xx
Cops, gangsters and lawyers commit many crimes for the sake of solving one. An interesting look at the politics of justice. Well directed, but way too long. There are a few good scraps, but it's mostly police/political drama.
Pretty good movie that starts out slowly and builds to a strong finish. In fact the first hour is pretty much nothing to write home about. I didn't find it very interesting to follow and the plot is hard to get into if you're thinking about it logically, again, all during the first half of the movie. Thankfully the movie does have a sense of humor that helps carry it throughout the first hour. Again, the movie builds to a really strong and intense climax that ultimately is good enough to make this an overall good movie. It's not as fabulous a climax as The Departed (which is what this movie comes closest to) but it's good enough.
The first half may be confusing with its almost overwhelming nods to South-Korean current affairs (beside the universal constants of corruption playing the same in every corner of the world), but in the second, if grimier and less dark-humour sliced, the human nature of the main conflict is clarified: well meaning, gone-bad son-of-a-b*tch cop vs wrong-doing, socially acceptable son-of-a-b*tch lawyer. Good stuff.
The idea seems good: cop who played dirty is matched-up against a dirty prosecutor and they dig out dirt on each other and things escalate. In real life, however, even if we discount the bad pacing, the story just didn't work out too well. Not to mention a distinct lack of focus.
Polar corÃ (C)en hyper carrÃ (C) malgrÃ (C) son sac de noeud scÃ (C)naristique. Le problÃ¨me c'est que l'ensemble parait alambiquÃ (C) pour pas grand chose et encore une fois c'est trop long. Mais pour les amateurs, c'est de la bonne came!
like the Departed plus very funny.