I pretty much decided to watch this movie not because I knew what the plot was or was interested in the fact that it’s a foreign film. I watched it because it starred T.O.P. from Big Bang and wanted to support his movie. It also helped that it was showing at a nearby movie theater.
Myunghoon dreamed of living life in North Korea as a pianist but became a prisoner after his father failed a mission and was executed. To ensure the safety of his sister and to leave prison, he becomes a spy and infiltrates South Korea as a teenage defector to carry out specific missions. Over the course of time, he learns that he can’t go back nor does he have a place to stay as a lot of the people he gets close to end up dying. He becomes trapped between a rock and a hard place.
This movie was filled with lots of action sequences. There was gun fire, great hand to hand combat, car chases, and explosions. This movie was definitely not lacking the adrenaline rush.
T.O.P.’s acting is surprisingly very good. He can emote very well. His facial expressions can say a lot without having to say a word. He worked with what he had.
Unfortunately, there were plenty of bad things associated with this movie. I was surprised how many plot holes there were. I had so many questions during the movie like how did Myunghoon enter South Korea or were his adoptive parents drug dealers. I also wondered what happened to the bullies. I felt that it was a Korean drama condensed into a movie. I don’t think the writers, producers, and director fully thought the story out to iron out the details. T.O.P. is also too tall to play a North Korean character as North Koreans are naturally smaller due to malnutrition.
This movie was fun nonetheless. For the ladies, it’s a chance to see T.O.P. on the big screen for two hours non stop. For the gentlemen, it’s a chance to see some over the top action non stop. I don’t think it was worth the $10.50 a ticket to see. It’s more of a Netflix/Redbox kind of movie where you would watch at home. Like I said at the beginning, I only watched it because it starred T.O.P.
Overall rating: 3/5
Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic