Creatively unique genre. . .way ahead of its time.
I started looking for this film out of curiosity. A colleague who noticed my preference for crime stories suggested it with disclaimer that they watched it because their fans of the lead actor and not really of the movie. They even warned me that others consider it the worst film. Intrigued, I watched it, and knowing that they'll ask me about it, I watched it like objectively assessing a students' work performance (LOL). After watching the film I read the reviews and ask myself why the reviewer said the things they said. Most, of the negative reviews I have read point out the complexity of the storyline, lack of good editing, non coherence or vagueness of the script, and boring action scenes. My take on this, is maybe because it is something of a hybrid genre. Any reviewers who was made to believe that the film is under action, would definitely be bored by the theatrical movement of the action scene, the same manner that a reviewer expecting a noir film would find the dance fight out of place (which, by the way, one of my favourite scene). I believe that, if you watch it without thinking under which category it is supposed to be, you will most likely enjoy it. It definitely can not be boxed in as a crime story, or else it will fall short of the suspense required for it. Although it is not my typical crime buster film, I was surprised that I do not feel bad nor consider it worst. I was actually mesmerised by how it is a little bit of several types of genre. I am not surprised though that most, if not all of the reviews I have read, have nothing but praises and positive things to say to the main lead actor Kim Soo Hyun. He was brilliant in this film. He is actually the reason why I thought I should re-watch it, and this time make a review about it. A Real actor. I did not watch this because I am a fan, I became a fan after watching Real.
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