Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Berlin FIle (2013)
The latest film from Ryoo Seung-wan is a crackerjack action film that’s a throwback to the Euro-spy films of the 1960’s and 70’s. With the Cold War between east and west effectively over, Ryoo Seung-wan has re-set the tensions between North and South Korea in the city that was once a haven for spies of all stripes, Berlin.
All minor reservations aside the real reason to see the film are the action set pieces that punctuate the film. From an encounter on a train to a chase through a subway, to fights in an apartment and a couple in hotel rooms it’s all warm up for a killer sequence in a house in the middle of a field of tall grass that fills most of the film’s final 30 minutes. Trust me on this you’ll be walking out of the film talking about all of the action sequences.
And as for those of you who don’t like reading subtitles, there is no excuse for not seeing the film since a good portion of film is in English.(I'm told over 40% of the film) and was polished by writer/director Ted Geoghagen. To be certain there are a couple of times where the cast of non-English speakers don’t quite get it right (the laundry scene for example), but for the most part they acquit themselves quite well.
Go see this film. This is one of those films you really should see on the big screen if you can mange it. It’s a super film that is going to be so much better BIG than the small. It’s a film of a style they don’t do any more but gloriously pumped up with today’s take no prisoners action.
The first cinematic treat from 2013