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10/10
Best action based on real events this year
phd_travel28 November 2021
Movies of this type dealing with escape from civil war like 13 hours, Black Hawk Down, Hotel Rwanda and Argo, each have their good points and unique perspective. I found Escape from Mogadishu to be the most all round entertaining movie of this genre. It has the good elements of each of those movies and the result is a scary thriller that shows the horrors of being caught in a civil war and yet has individual civilian characters that are are involving and easily identifiable so it's more tense than just a soldier vs rebels story like BHD. Firstly the action scenes including street battles and car escape are outstanding even if you think you've seen it before. The murderous rebels are scarier than any zombie horror movie. The director had just the right touch balancing excitement and some humor now and then to keep things from getting overwrought. The twists and turns of escaping and the North South diplomatic complications are interesting. Everything is good about this movie, the story, the pace, the cinematography, the direction, and the production values. S Korea has done it better than Hollywood again.
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8/10
SOUTH KOREA'S ARGO.
andrewchristianjr28 November 2021
South Korea's Argo. While this film is an action film about Somalia, it is more profoundly a film about the sad divide along the Korean Penninsula. The entire ensemble cast of this film is praiseworthy. Whether playing the North and South Korean Diplomats and their families, the Somalia government soldiers, or the key rebel soldiers. All are in top form and immerse the viewer in a world of chaos, fear, and confusion that is unmatched by the majority of films of the past decade.
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All the riot and demonstration scenes just looked so amazingly real
MovieIQTest25 November 2021
It looked more like a documentary shot and recorded by a journalist and his camera man. I don't know how this Korean director did it, but it just blow my mind. The riot on the streets, the beatings, the killings, the storming assaults on those foreign embassies' buildings, it's just so top-notched directing. As to the Korean part, whether they played the roles from either side of the 30-octave north latitude, all well acted, albeit sometime had to be a bit of overly dramatic to show how people would have acted under extreme danger.

I don't care about some viewers' narrow-minded complaints, saying this movie was not made in Somali, all the people were not real Somalians. Well, why it should be made in Somali? Why you had to hire the REAL Somali actors or people to play those roles? If we shoot a movie about Nazi or Nazi Germany, do we have to hire REAL Nazis or it won't look real? This is a movie, okay? All I can say is that most part of this movie just looked so real, absolutely incredible and terrifying.
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4/10
Pretty boring to be honest
omendata9 November 2021
This is such a small story that it is actually hard to make anything of it and well...they didn't.

I like Korean movies , they are certainly well made and have a different viewpoint and cultural tone which enhances the films for a western audience and to be fair there have not been many I have not liked ... until now!

It was slow with too much chatter and references to the North / South Korean divide although I did appreciate the director trying to show how much the two sides need and perhaps really want to be unified but it comes across more as a political documentary and this is really not the time nor the place to be doing it.

Have no idea why some reviewers are complaining about Somalians not looking like Somalians - what does a Somalian look like? And I guess for the vast majority of Korean and other folks who watch this they won't have a clue either so it give it a 1 star for this is just nonsense and people should not be reviewing movies if they judge a film based on stupidity like that.

Overall the film has a few action scenes that were not very memorable , nor much fun with too much contemplating thy navel going on and not much real meat on the bones.

If you want to see how this kind of film should be done to make it exciting, interesting and a great film then checkout Owen Wilson in NO ESCAPE (2016), now that is how you make this type of movie!
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4/10
a movie about the Somalian civil war with ZERO Somali actors
Neptune16515 October 2021
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It's not true is fictional somehow they think to is on to pick on Somalia but they made huge mistake. Imagine making a film about Somalia And the location isn't Somalia the people aren't Somali they're Bantu With a fake history. Somali people don't look like that. They very beautiful and make them look bad. This movie should be boycotted what a shamble! And the Adan at the beginning makes it even worse what a shame! Muslim people are peaceful and good! Somali people are most beautiful people in Africa and Mogadishu is getting back to its greatness! The disrespect is making a film centered on another countries civil war and not taking the time out to do adequate research.
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7/10
Blockbuster
PedroPires9030 December 2021
This works much better when it's speaking about the South and North Koreans relationships than when it's talkig about Somalia (it completely fails on that field). The thid act is very strong and compensates for a very hesitant first act.

Don't expect a artsy or a very contemplative film. This is a blockbuster and should be watched and reviewed like one.
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8/10
It tells the chaotic event without losing wit and humanity, and that wit turns into aching heart.
TaylorYee942 January 2022
1. Dynamics of relationship

Hegemony fight between Somalian government and rebels, ideological conflict and rivalry between South Korea and North Korea, & shallow friendship between Somalian government and South Korean embassy, hiding each party's real purpose. So many relationship intertwined and constantly changing especially toward the ending when faced with life and death situation What's special about 'Escape from Mogadishu' is that even though it narrates many stories and relationship with such energy, dynamics, and tension, it manages to keep them organized and keep audience not astray or confused. Following the events in strictly chronological order helps the movie untangle the whole escape and help audience follow the story with focus even with many details.

Also, Civil war between government and rebels reflect South Korea's and North Korea's domestic state as well. Looking at dead bodies, violence, and hatred outside the cars, Ambassador Han can be reminded of democratic movement and police's excessive use of force concurrently happening in South Korea while Ambassador Rim can be reminded of scars of Korean war in North Korea such as poverty and inequality.

2. Direction utilizing irony very effectively.

Scene #1 Rebels' shooting on embassy climaxes, and Kang Dae-jin sets up the speaker echoing Ambassador Han's speech celebrating friendship between Somalia and South Korea. So much violence going on while audience hears dry and somewhat insincere message emphasizing peace between two nations in the background

Scene #2 Similarly, when military and police clashes with rebels with utmost violence, viewers hear praying and azan in the background. Religion should be the opposite of violence and cruelty, but what viewers see at the exact moment is beating, blood, and fire.

Scene #3 Four cars protected and covered with books, sands, and wooden doors dash to Italian embassy, and road on the side is filled with people praying, bowing, and kneeling. As soon as the ceremony stops, they slowly stand up, pick up the gun, arm themselves, and return to the position to fight. It is the scariest and most daunting sequence than actual shooting or driving action scenes.

Scene #4 Final scene. At the airport, the composition of the scene is very symmetrical. South Korea and North Korea on each side, information officers dressed in the same style, and bus stopped parallel to each other. This symmetry is magnified in the bird's-eye view. Then, each party separates to the exact opposite way even in symmetrical path. Not even a glance. They stop but never turn around. That was the best way to describe two nations' state, same but different.
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6/10
The fantastic car chase scene delivers supreme thrills.
tccandler18 October 2021
Based on a true story, this political thriller tells the tale of Korean diplomats escaping from the Somalian capital as civil war breaks out. I have to concede that, although well-made, the film is somewhat routine throughout. However, the chase scene in the final third of the movie is supremely thrilling and carries it all to a satisfactory conclusion.
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8/10
Nice
atractiveeyes25 November 2021
South Korea's official entry to 2022's Oscars is a solid political thriller. It's mind blowing and intense. It's based on a beautiful interesting true story that delivers a great important message. Original score is amazing. Action and chasing scenes are awesome too.
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8/10
Fraternity comes to blows
g-8962221 October 2021
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The last scene is embarrassing. The same nation goes in different directions due to different political powers, and one sentence or one eye cannot be expressed. Our hearts are desperate for peace, but we are swayed by inciting emotions, perhaps like a line in the movie: "We all understand that sometimes, there are two truths in the world." Others yesterday, perhaps one day will become our today!
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7/10
Worked best for Korean audience
witra_as18 September 2021
Perhaps worked best for Korean audience who have secretly been hoping for reunification. Wish Ryoo Seung-wan could explain more about 'parallels' between his country's internal conflict and Somali civil war. Thumbs up for technical efforts and thrilling car chases.
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9/10
Loved it
ahmxd17 December 2021
Escape from Mogadishu is a well-directed film. There is no shortage of action, nail-biting drama, and emotionally gripping moments in this laudable film.

The twists and turns of escaping and the North-South diplomatic complications are interesting. Everything is good about this movie, the story, the pace, the cinematography, the direction, and the production values.
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7/10
Nothing mind-blowing, but a decent one-time watch.
TreeFiddy5322 October 2021
It was entertaining, and I got to learn a little bit about history as well. While it was predictable in parts, I still enjoyed the chase scenes and the drama. The acting and music was pretty well done. Turns out, the movie was filmed in Morocco, and not in Somalia, for obvious reasons. So, they had to create an elaborate set and making a movie of this scale, with these many people involved must not have been easy.

The only gripe I have is the that moviemakers seriously need to rethink how they use "Bullets flying everywhere" part. It's 2021! 10s of people firing 100s of bullets out in the open and the bad guys really THAT incompetent? This plot convenience makes me roll my eyes every time, but oh well.

Overall, the story is about humanity and how we must put our differences aside and help each other out. It's nothing mind-blowing, but it's worth your 2 hours if you can look past the bullets flying everywhere. Easier said than done, as the movie shows. If you enjoyed movies like Argo, you might want to watch this one.

This movie is South Korea's entry for the Best International Picture at the Oscars 2022. - Not sure if it'll make it to the shortlist, but lets see.
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9/10
Amazing
jindann12 December 2021
Another great Korean movie and certainly one of the best movies for the year. Acting and scenes setup are convincing, plot is very well written, with great twists and tension, where this best part is showing the spirit of humanity in times of crisis. Highly recommended.
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7/10
A war torn somalia looks like a zombie apocalypse .
HotDoggyBoomBooM15 December 2021
This movie about a political rift between diplomats from north and south Korea in a respectful way as possible. Moreover what baffles me is the way they portrayed the environment and surroundings which looked actually like a apocalypse.

Its a nice film do watch .
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8/10
It's a solid 8 and worth watching.
Luv2Spooge26 October 2021
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It is difficult to rank Korean movies with western movies b/c the expectations are different as well as comparison to other Korean films in general.

From an objective stance, this film as a Korean film is extremely good in the technical sense. Westerners may not understand because we are accustomed to Hollywood. But for a Korean company to make this film outside of Korea, in Africa and working with foreigners, it was a big milestone in terms of their movie making abilities. Think about it, even China, HK, Taiwan cannot produce a film of this magnitude.

However, they are still behind in the sense of understanding movie genre and sticking to different styles. Though many praise the last car chase scene, but it is very out of place in context. A movie that is fictional, but based on real events, needs to keep a consistent level of suspension of disbelief. It cannot sell that for action scenes that are completely unbelievable but just for the sake of excitement.

I don't care how much books and sandbags you put up, there is no way they could've gone through that last scene completely unscathed, that aside from 1 death, everyone else didn't even get a bullet graze. The whole scene is more fictitiously action like Arnold or Rambo. That ruins the whole theme and pacing of the film, which was established as more of a realistic tone.

This is a cultural thing and we see the same thing in previous acclaimed Taxi Driver about the Gwanju uprising. The whole film was emotionally moving, realistic, and even documentary like until again the last car chase scene that came off like a bumper car chase. Korean film making still has a lot of catching up in terms of understanding the art of film making. The fight scene between the two intelligence officer is also another example. It became really unrealistic when they're just kungfu fighting. This is much visible in Chinese films. For example, Red Cliff marketed itself as a historical drama, but just ends up with ridiculous kungfu fighting instead of sticking to styles like Braveheart or Gladiator.

So that being said, the story is good and deeply moving in some sense. It captured both the fear, bravery, and compassion of the Koreans as they worked together to escape the uprising. However, again, if you've seen Korean films and you know what they're good at, this film compare to other Korean films is really lacking in this area. In sense, it is quite dry.

Korean's are excellent drama writers and much of their films always get you laughing your brains out in the beginning and crying your eyes out in the end. They are very emotionally draining and leaves you stunned. This film did not have that effect and in some way I felt it was b/c they were pressured to flow with western film expectations.

So in that area I thought it was a miss. Cut the kungfu, car chase, unrealistic action scenes and follow more along with western understanding of film making for this genre, focusing on realism. Then polish it with the Korean's drama writing ability to move the audience. One death scene in the end did not really do it and it was just the intelligence officer. Don't be afraid to turn it into a bitter sweet tragedy.

Worth a watch.
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8/10
Escape From Mogadishu is Fantastic Cinema
tkdlifemagazine8 October 2021
Escape From Mogadishu is South Korea's Argo. Director Ryoo Seung-wan has masterfully told the dramatic story of the 1990 revolution in Somalia and the impact of the Diplomatic missions of North and South Korea. This Well Go USA release is based upon a series of real events that brought the rival diplomats of a formerly unified country together to save the lives of their women and children through a daring escape.

The film is set in 1990 Somalia as the South Korean government is attempting to garner the essential support of African nations for its bid to become a member of the United Nations. This task was made significantly more challenging due to the concerted efforts of the North Korean government to persuade African nations to block their entry.

Amidst all of the political wrangling between the two countries a brutal civil war breaks out in Somalia, endangering the lives of the diplomats of every nation that maintained a Diplomatic presence there. Black Hawk Down (2001), an American made, award winning film covered a later chapter of the same conflict, and its impact on the American Soldiers there.

The heart and strength of the film surrounds the need of the diplomats of the two separated Koreas to join forces to Escape from Mogadishu, Somalia's Capital city. In this effort, through the brilliant Directing, award worthy acting, and visually gripping cinematography we are immersed in the conflict between a deep seeded mistrust of two nations and the desire of individual human beings to protect their loved ones and fellow citizens. I am not sure how much of the details are true, but the film really shines a light on how easy it is to forget the problems between nations are just that, and even at the highest level of diplomacy, that without our humanity we are lost.

Escape from Mogadishu (2021) is as good a film as you will see this year. There is no shortage of action, nail biting drama, and emotionally gripping moments in this laudable film. While not set in the Shah deposed Iran of the 1970's, this film still reminded me of Argo, the 2021 Oscar winning Best Picture. Both were based on historically dramatic incidents where the filmmakers adeptly told their compelling stories through the experiences of the diplomatic survivors of these respective incidents. Both films are equally Oscar worthy.

Sadly, the film also painfully reminded me of the recent chaos in Kabul as diplomats and citizens attempted to flee Afghanistan, in the midst of its own regime toppling. While the images were starkly similar, the film was made well before the incidents of earlier this Summer; which, somehow, made its accuracy more shocking.

Kim Yoon-seok and Huh Joon-ho play the Somali ambassadors from South and North Korea, respectively. Their ability to convey the fear and mistrust the people of a, once united, country feel towards each other with subtlety and humanity is pivotal to the film's emotional depth. While this film is an action film about Somalia, it is more profoundly a film about the sad divide along the Korean Penninsula.

The entire ensemble cast of this film is praiseworthy; whether playing the North and South Korean Diplomats and their families, the Somalia government soldiers, or the key rebel soldiers. All are in top form and immerse the viewer in a world of chaos, fear , and confusion that is unmatched by the majority of films of the past decade. This entire is a first rate cast.

Escape from Mgadishu is subtitled.

For Taekwondo enthusiasts look out for a key fight scene as the movie kicks into high gear.
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2/10
boring overacting
loozzotys2 November 2021
Laborious to watch. Totally overrated boring movie.

I can't understand how this got over 7 out of 10.

Really almost fell asleep watching this. Also another 'woke' movie pushing anti communism and bashing North Korea again ...
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7/10
A tale of separation
dzeilstra9 November 2021
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This is a film about the civil war in Somalia in 1991 and the problems for diplomats to flee the country. You need to know about Korean history and present political situation to understand the predicament that the ambassadors and their staff and families from both Korea's find themselves in. Politics almost outweigh humanitarian conduct. Finally they agree on a plan to escape together. The ride to the Italian embassy is spectacular, but also over-the-top. The four cars are fired at continuously from all angles by many machine guns, but they all arrive in one piece with just one casualty. Nevertheless this is an entertaining movie that painfully pictures a separation that is still present this day.
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10/10
Just another brilliant Korean movie - this movie is NOT about somalia
Snownoise21 October 2021
Lately, got into this korean movie frenzy, and found this another gem. Just as other modern korean movies, this movie gives an unique taste with a masterful work. The plot is very simple which is the first thing I like a lot about it. I don't usually give 10 since no movies are perfect, but I added a couple of points more for the last third of the film as many people praised. It's like Mad Max, but in real world which did happen.

I read other reviews here complaining about this movie wasn't made in somalia with somalian people. That sounds very childish and begging for entitlement. I really don't think they actually watched movie either. Also they don't seem to understand traveling to Somalia is banned by almost all countries. If you go to somalia and get kidnapped by somalian pirates, the government will do nothing since is strictly prohibited.
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8/10
Full Action...
akrep-3187218 October 2021
It's a great movie that's getting more and more exciting... Congratulations to everyone involved in the movie... You should definitely watch this amazing movie that gives a message to the whole world.
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8/10
Great movie!
mungunbayarbatbayar16 October 2021
It's so sad to see from just like that example that so many people are separated into two due to of few people's interest and power.

Remember other movie about two koreans, many people couldn't meet families or relatives before their deaths. People who left last to meet are dead now.
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9/10
Very good movie
aryopermono23 January 2022
Good actors and actresses... Good acting... Good drama... Good action... Good story... Good set... Good directing...

Once again korea made a very good movie..
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10/10
2021 Must watch!!
seankoo-79917 October 2021
Felt like I was in the movie next to the actors. Best camera work I've seen in a while. This film lets you experience the movie! I always love director Ryu color in his every work.
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4/10
The film is wonderful but ..
ahmadelnakeeb-1869522 October 2021
The film is wonderful in terms of drama and direction..but I hated showing Somalis and Muslims this brutality, many countries have civil wars, but Muslims are not that brutal, they do not kill people just for fun, as mentioned in the movie. I don't know when the world will stop thinking about Arabs and Muslims in this way.
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