Tag Archives: Thriller

The Night Owl (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): He saw what he was not supposed to see…

South Korean film “The Night Owl” is a well-made period drama thriller which mixes fact and fiction a bit better than I expected. While its story and characters are inherently limited by the story from the beginning, the movie still … Continue reading

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Remember (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Isn’t he too old for this?

When I watched South Korean action thriller film “Remember” at last night, my mind was often more occupied with wondering how old its hero actually is, instead of being engaged in the film itself. As far as I could see … Continue reading

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Orphan: First Kill (2022) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): A little killer coming into US

“Orphan: First Kill”, a belated prequel to “Orphan” (2009), attempts to present the backstory of that little creepy but compelling villain of the 2009 film. Although it unfortunately stumbles more than once during its second half after steadily building up … Continue reading

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I Came By (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Competent but ultimately flawed

I must confess that I found it rather challenging for me to talk about Netflix film “I Came By”, which was released a few days ago. Because many of crucial moments in the film depend on unexpected narrative turns, I … Continue reading

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Bullet Train (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Killers on a Train

“Bullet Train” gives us a brutal and relentless mix of comedy, action, and thriller which worked to some degree for me. While it is often entertaining to watch the game efforts from the cast and crew members of the movie, … Continue reading

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Carter (2022) ☆☆(2/4): An intensely hollow action flick

South Korean Netflix film “Carter”, which was released early in this month, is an intensely hollow action flick which did not impress me much for many bad reasons. Its frantic and relentless presentation of stylish action sequences may grab your … Continue reading

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Hunt (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A tense but convoluted spy hunt movie  

South Korean film “Hunt” tries really hard, but I observed it from the distance even while admiring a number of good moments in the movie. It wants to be not only a serious spy drama movie but also an intense … Continue reading

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Men (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Stalked by…. men

Alex Garland’s latest film “Men” is deliberately disorienting and baffling with the warped reality surrounding its heroine. While we can sense from the beginning that something is not so right, the movie keeps catching us off guard via a number … Continue reading

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Cure (1997) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An old creepy psychological thriller by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 1997 film “Cure”, whose 4K restoration version is released in South Korean theaters in this week, is an unnervingly creepy and insidious masterwork to be appreciated for many good reasons. While you may be disappointed if you expect … Continue reading

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Watcher (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Is somebody watching her?

“Watcher” is a modest but effective psychological thriller film driven by one little insidious possibility. Although you will not be surprised much by what it will serve you along the plot, the movie did a fairly competent job of maintaining … Continue reading

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