Should You Watch Netflix’s New Korean Action Movie ‘Carter’?

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Netflix has two big new movies coming to South Korea exclusively this month, one of which just landed in the form of Carter. Should you press play on the new Netflix movie or should you scroll? Here is our PLAY, PAUSE OR STOP review of Carter.

The new film features Joo Won as Carter (good doctor), Sung-Jae Lee as Kim Jong Hyuk (Abyss) and Kim Bo Min (The silent sea).

Joo Won is famous for his portrayal of Park Shi On in the good doctorwhich was eventually adapted into an American medical drama of the same name for Fox starring Freddie Highmore.

Launched straight into a dangerous mission with none of his memories intact, a man must escape death while trying to figure out who he is, how he got here, and who is the mysterious voice in his ear calling to him.” Carter”?

Netflix original Korean movies are some of my favorites on the platform. It’s time to hunt, Okay, The call, space sweepers, and #Living.

They all brought something fresh and exciting to subgenres that may have gone stale in recent years.

My hope for Carter was to do just that: give me something new and exciting that I could see reproduced by future American films (I’m watching you, Extraction).

But, now, I hope American filmmakers only watch fight footage on YouTube.

Carter is an ultra-violent masterclass in close combat and vehicular stunts, but it’s also an unnecessarily convoluted film with a shallow titular lead and a bloated runtime.

The film seems to be fascinated or preoccupied with certain elements which, on their own, could have provided an interesting backdrop or subtext for the main plot. Virus containment in the age of Covid, frayed North/South Korean relations, US/CIA involvement in South Korea, and of course, zombies! But instead, it tries to cram all that stuff in to muddy a story full of unreliable characters and an amnesiac trail.

The effect is mostly confusion as we try to piece together Carter’s character through forced exposition dumps between fight sequences.

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Some fans of the genre might also complain about the presentation of the action itself as director Byung-gil Jung (The meanie) brought an unusual inspiration to his POV compositions: video games.

Between the drone shot transitions and rotating tracking shots, the cinematography resembles the scenes between missions in some first-person shooters. With the female agent’s constant direction and narration in Carter’s ear, this feature feels more like he’s just a character selected by her and the people in charge of him to earn enough money. levels to get the big boss at the end.

Of all the crazy action stunt scenes, the one that stood out for me was the roughly 50-minute fight sequence in the movie that begins with the kidnapping of a child from a man on a motorcycle. This leads to a mostly close-quarters high-speed battle that has men jumping off motorcycles into open cars, shootouts and knife fights between 3 moving vehicles at once, and a city bus flipping in the middle of it. a busy street. This sequence of nearly 7 minutes ends with the simultaneous explosion of several motorcycles.

While it didn’t work for me as a device, I will say the film goes too fast and dazzles just enough with its stunt choreography to not stick around long enough to bore us.

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Ultimately, the film is a perfect example of modern action cinema gone wrong. Action works best when it serves the plot. While incredibly good at it, Carter puts all his eggs in the fight sequence basket and moves backstory, character development, and cohesive storytelling to the back burner.


PLAY, PAUSE OR STOP? : PAUSE.

While you may cringe at the dialogue or be unimpressed with the plot, you have to admit that the action and stunt work will impress almost any casual action movie fan, although some of them are incredibly amazing.

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