Tag Archives: Crime

Idol (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A tense but murky South Korean noir thriller

I am still not that sure whether I understand everything presented in South Korean noir thriller film “Idol”, which sometimes seems to signify nothing but confusion and frustration. While that probably does not matter much considering how adamantly murky the … Continue reading

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The Mule (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An old horticulturist who becomes a drug runner

Clint Eastwood’s latest film “The Mule” gave me a mixed impression. During its first half, it seems to want to be a low-key crime comedy drama about one unlikely drug runner, and there are several small amusing moments as it … Continue reading

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Triple Frontier (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): They go for money this time…

“Triple Frontier”, which was released on Nexflix yesterday, is fairly watchable but not that satisfying on the whole. While often gritty and intense as required, the movie does not bring anything particularly new to its genre territory, and it is … Continue reading

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Cold Pursuit (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A redundant remake starring Liam Neeson

“Cold Pursuit”, which is the remake version of Norwegian film “In Order of Disappearance” (2014), is fairly watchable but not particularly necessary. Because I happened to watch the original version and then write about it a few days ago, I … Continue reading

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In Order of Disappearance (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4): A deadpan Norwegian revenge drama

Norwegian film “In Order of Disappearance” is a deadpan revenge drama sprinkled with a cold, morbid sense of black humor. While as stark, brutal, and violent as expected, the movie serves us a number of dryly absurd moments along with … Continue reading

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Border (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Two of a kind

Swedish film “Border”, which won the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival early in last year, is an odd mix of character drama and supernatural horror. Although its attempt to mix these two different genres is not … Continue reading

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Extreme Job (2018) ☆☆(2/4): A half-fried cop comedy

I am not an ideal audience for South Korean comedy film “Extreme Job”, which is currently having a considerable box office success in South Korea after released in last week. While I understand its comic appeal to local audiences to … Continue reading

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