Sunday, August 30, 2015

Who Am I - Kein System ist sicher (2014)

This gem is just brilliant. A subversive hacker based film that is not the easiest to make very cinematic but Who Am I works out a way to do so. Benjamin is a genius hacker trying to reach the top following his idol's steps. But MRX. The last one belongs to FR1ENDS who are known to be a group of hackers employed by the Russian Mafia and things get complicated as Ben and his team, CLAY, try to make him recognize their work. This encourages them to focus on two actions: to discover the identity of MRX and actively work to stop FR1ENDS. Little do they know, this will all culminate into one massive hack that is more "social engineering", than it is limited to computer hacking. The acting, scrip and action complete a creative, stylish, and quite entertaining film that you will remember for a long time.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Yeok-rin aka The fatal encounter

This is another great historical movie with an excellent storyboard. King Jeongjo rules on a divided kingdom while Noron family tries to take him down with the help of his grandmother and his general Ku. Two young children, numbers 220 and 77, taken by a brutal slave-master are brought up to become assassins but fate will play a dramatic role for them. The twist and turns actually makes this one quite immersive, despite some of the twist being quite predictable and all. It's really a film about strong characters, great battle scenes and suspense. Korean films are getting better and better through last decade and this is not an exception hopefully.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pyojeok aka The Target (2014)

This is another solid action film from South Korea. A gem blending great action scenes due to its excellent choreography and stunts, fine acting and an interesting plot. ER doctor, Tae-joon, is trying to save his wife as she has been kidnapped from a mysterious guy who wants Tae's last saved patient to be delivered to him. Things get messed when gangs and other external factors show up and it becomes clear that there is a larger conspiracy at play. Yeo-hoon, the patient, manages to escape from hospital and wants to find his own solution to personal problems engaging him and his brother to an assassination based on unknown motives as well. Despite its flaws,"The Target" is still sufficiently engaging to entertain- especially since its pace is brisk and its actors easy on the eye.Its a solid and frequently thrilling cinema which should provide genre fans with sufficient entertainment and excitement.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Gun Woman (2014)

This Japanese gem was much more entertaining than I was expected and I think it really deserves your attention if you are into the dark Asian thing you know. A doctor seeks for revenge from a crazy sadistic killer, responsible for his beloved wife's death. He finds a young female junkie and trains her to be the secret weapon for achieving his goal. The mission is really difficult as he has to pass her though an underground camp where strange people fulfill their sexual fetishes. The price of completing her task for this gun woman is to gain her freedom at last. Despite its low budget and maybe its amateur cinematography, especially in the beginning, this mixture of dark beauty and action will be remembered for some years, hopefully.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The frame (2014)

Starting writing film reviews after a whole year, makes me feel the thrills. And especially for such a movie as 'The Frame'. Jamin Winans (Ink) writes and directs an amazing story of two people living in parallel worlds. Alex is a thief working for a cartel dreaming to escape away from this situation. Sam is a determined paramedic trying to save the world while running from her past. They will connect each other through their television screens and try to understand the role of this ever-changing universe. Can they explore their inner selves as also avoid the dark creature determined to erase the world. A film that will move and hearten you with an incredible music score as well.

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