Rewatching Harry Potter: The Half-Blood Prince

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Starting on the homestretch now, with the sixth instalment in the HP franchise. To be perfectly honest, I don’t have any strong feelings over the book. Slughorn was a bit of a boring character to me and the whole Dumbledore-Harry thing was slowly paced. In fact, I can’t really remember much of what happens at all. I do know the one thing I like is the whole Draco plot, and the Hogwarts battle at the end was one of my favourite book scenes… so to say I haven’t looked favourably on the movie in the past is an understatement.

I’m not going to lie, while watching this movie I made a looooooooong list of things I didn’t like, a lot of it based around editing and directing decisions, as well as special effects. But I’m not going to repeat it here because A) it wouldn’t be very interesting to read, and B) I typed it on my phone so between auto-correct and my inability to type on a touch screen, I don’t even know what I’m saying half the time, and C) some of it is really petty. Instead, I’ll first comment on casting, things I liked, things I had mixed feelings about, and finally, what I really, really didn’t like.

Jim Broadbent as Professor Slughorn was an alright casting, considering his character is pretty much a one-off. I liked the way he talked about the students, it really highlighted his personality. In this sixth movie we again see Helena Bonham Carter reprising her role of Bellatrix, and I will not stop commenting on how much I hate the way she portrays the character. We’re treated to her sister in this movie, played by Helen McCrory. I also feel this casting is wrong. Bellatrix and Narcissa are meant to be near-identical in appearance, and they are so different in the casting. I wasn’t expecting the two actresses to be twins, but Carter and McCrory are so different! Also, what is going on with Narcissa’s hair? She’s supposed to be bright blonde, in fact, it’s the only real difference between her and Bellatrix that is emphasised. I still wish that Christian Coulson had reprised his role as Tom Riddle, but the director felt he was too old at the time. Makeup, people, makeup.

On to what I think the movie did really well, and the first thing that pops to mind is developing Dumbledore’s character. We start to really see just manipulative he actually is towards Harry, and just how much he is willing to use him for the “greater good”. This obviously becomes important later on in the series, but I think all involved really highlighted this aspect of Dumbledore’s character throughout this movie.

There were some other scenes that really stood out to me as well. Firstly, I think they got the twins’ joke shop perfect. It has the bright, care-free atmosphere that contrasts so dramatically with the rest of the shops on Diagon Alley, and indeed, the wizarding world at this point. I also liked the whole first lesson of potions, with Slughorn talking about the potions and then all the students trying to make the Draught of Living Death. I also liked the Quidditch try-out scenes (although, randomly including Ginny on the team was a bit rich guys, considering we haven’t seen Quidditch since the third movie). I also liked the whole not-quite-drunk Harry once he’s taken the Felix Felicis potion. Although I wish it was gold, instead of just looking like water.

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Still one of my favourite scenes!

Now, something that plays a big role in this movie, but I have mixed feelings about; the romance. I’ve always felt that, although done very well, it’s a little too heavy. Ron and Hermione are sweet throughout the whole movie. Their feelings for each other have been implied for a while, and it’s nice to see it start to come out into the open. I also really liked Ron once he’d had the love potion, and Lavender and Hermione’s face off in the hospital wing, with the amused professors watching on. My main issue is with Ginny and Harry. They feel forced in the book, and they just look completely awkward on screen. I’m convinced the two actors have zero chemistry with each other. Although I’ve previously mentioned Bonnie Wright is an okay Ginny, but she either hasn’t matured into the role, or, what I think is more likely, the character is just handled so badly in the film. I still think of her as a little kid admiring her childhood hero, rather than a maturing, intelligent young witch. She’s just, well… boring. And I hate the scene with Hermione questioning Harry about his feelings for Ginny, because there’s is really little to no indication that he’s got any feelings towards her, he just doesn’t seem interested. We never see the full relationship we get in the book, but I’m sort of glad about this, because it would be incredibly dull without any chemistry.

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Both terrifying and cute!

Onto grievances, and something I’ve mentioned before; editing. My goodness, it is so hard to figure out just what is happening in some of the scenes of this movie. One that comes to mind is when Harry gets pulled into the lake by the Inferius towards the end. I get you want to create the dark atmosphere, but come on! I also found a lot of the transitions between scenes to be really choppy.

Now. Consistency. Look, I get it, there were so many different directors that worked on the HP movies, and they all want to put their own personal touch to the movies. But would it really hurt their pride to keep some things the same as previous directors, for the sake of consistency? Small set issues are irritating; for example the Room of Requirement seems to have both a tapestry and no tapestry in front of it, and is inconsistent with the fifth movie. Hagrid’s hut is almost completely exiled out of the grounds of Hogwarts. Magic duels, which were looking pretty cool in the second movie, are just reduced to flashes and bangs. Instead of hearing the spells getting called out and seeing our wizards and witches think intelligently about what they’re doing, magic warfare is reduced to pretend guns. Boring.

And finally, the point of this whole movie. What exactly was it? The movie is titled the “Half-Blood Prince”, but the gang’s attempts to discover who exactly he is is half-hearted at best. And when Snape finally does reveal that he is the Half-Blood Prince, there’s no explanation about it at all. Hmmmm. So if the movie isn’t about figuring out who the Half-Blood Prince is, surely it serves the same purpose at the book in terms of explaining things we’ve only assumed so far, and setting everything up for the final movies? Sure, we do have Harry spending the majority of the movie trying to get one of Slughorn’s memories. And yet, we get so very little of Voldemort’s back story. And more than that, Dumbeldore’s reckoning about the Horcruxes is very bizarre; he goes from literally not suspecting them, to having found one in a cave… in the same scene. Okay, so the movie’s not about the Half-Blood Prince, not about learning more about Voldemort, so is Draco Malfoy and his attempts to kill Dumbledore the focus? This certainly seems to be the case, with Draco’s attempts to fix the Vanishing Cabinet occurring throughout the movie. But… the trio don’t seem too concerned about the possibility that he’s a Death Eater. Sure, Harry acts like a dick, but he doesn’t try to uncover more evidence about it. Then you have Draco’s final attempt to kill Dumbledore, and I’m left wondering what the point was to have all the other Death Eaters enter the castle? To prove he could do it? To target Hagrid for some weird reason? Because literally all they do can be reversed by magic.

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Finally, I want to quickly comment on the lack of the fight at the school. I do get it; we’re going to have another battle at Hogwarts in the next year of school, so it makes sense to cut out the one from the sixth instalment for a more spectacular one later on. But why, why, did they feel the need to add in the stupid attack on the Burrow scene? It is the most pointless series of events in the movie so far. It suggests that the Weasley’s house can be easily breached, when it must be a safe place to stay, otherwise why would Dumbledore be okay with leaving Harry there? Harry does pretty much nothing in the scene and has to get saved by others. Ginny attempts to be interesting, but really, the whole thing is just stupid, wasted screen time, that would have been better used for, I dunno, another Penseive visit involving Voldemort’s past?

As you can probably see, I’m not the biggest fan of the sixth movie. And after watching it again, it further cements my belief that, so far, this is the weakest of the instalments. A lot of it is really enjoyable, but the lack of direction in the plot just makes it really, really bland and pointless. Perhaps they should have renamed it “Harry Potter and the Teenage Romance”, because honestly, that seems to be what has been prioritised.

-S

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Rewatching Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban

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Onto the third installation of the Harry Potter series, and the movie version of my favourite novel in the collection.

There were a few things that I really liked in watching the movie again. Firstly, I liked how the third movie is noticeably darker in tone, starting the progression from the wonder of the first movie to the horror of the last. I also liked the way the way the romance between Ron and Hermione starts to get introduced in a couple of scenes (so cute!). Finally, the creators’ decision to use animatronics instead of CGI for everything really pays off. Twelve years later and the movie still looks fresh and sharp, rather than badly aged.

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I think the third movie is the start of major differences from the books. There’s a few petty things I could easily pick on. Sirius Black is meant to be much bigger in dog form; he’s described as “massive” in the books. In my mind, he was big enough to almost look Harry in the eyes. Remus transformed as a werewolf also didn’t seem right to me; he looks far too human, whereas in the books he’s much more wolf-like, with only a few distinctions. I also expected the Dementors to look something more like the Ringwraiths from the Lord of the Rings, with large hoods instead of face coverings. However, I can understand the creators’ decision to make them look very different, given the two movie series were released around the same time.

A couple of other things that I think are unusual decisions, but more on the petty side, include Harry only getting his new Firebolt broomstick at the end of the movie (as opposed to part-way through), and Ron not getting threatened by Sirius with the knife. I know neither are major events, but I still think that they’re weird things to cut or alter.

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Not exactly the most impressive dog, right?

However, there are two big differences between the book and the movie which I think is a really bad choice. Firstly, there is a lot of inner-group fighting between the trio, specifically Ron and Hermione, in the book. It’s the first time the three start to have any real arguments, but it’s reduced to squabbling in the background in the movie. I think that this fighting helps to show that the characters are still young, which helps with their overall growth throughout the movie series. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, is the fact that James Potter, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew’s story isn’t told in full. Not only isn’t it explicitly stated that they are the Marauders of the map, there’s no explanation as to why no one knew that Sirius could turn into a dog (in fact, it’s never asked how he escaped), or that Sirius and Peter’s Animagus abilities are directly related to Remus being a werewolf, or even that James was also an Animagus! It’s such a shame, because it’s such a waste of some really interesting background, and it would also help concrete Sirius’ character, since he seems to go from raving mad lunatic to Harry’s would-be guardian very quickly.

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Shame that the movie audience doesn’t get to learn their real identities!

Moving on to casting decisions. I think that Gary Oldman as Sirius Black and Emma Thompson as Professor Trelawney are perfectly accurate. Although I think Timothy Spall doesn’t match Peter Pettigrew’s description that accurately, his mannerisms are spot on and perfectly rat-like. Richard Harris will always be the perfect Professor Dumbledore in my mind. Although Michael Gambon does a praise-worthy performance in the role, I still miss Harris’ presence. Finally David Thewlis as Remus Lupin. I just don’t see it. Don’t get me wrong, I think Thewlis is a fantastic actor, but to me, he is simply not Lupin. It’s not only that he doesn’t match my imagined physical appearance of Lupin, but I also don’t feel like his mannerisms are entirely correct. I picture Lupin has being very soft spoken, calm, and very kind, which I don’t think lines up with Thewlis’ portrayal as well.

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Not the Lupin i was expecting…

All in all, the third movie is a bit of a mixed bag for me. It was always going to be the movie I was the most pickiest about, because it was always my favourite book. I think that the basic plot line is handled very well, and the special effects are downright amazing. However, I don’t agree with all of the casting decisions, and I think there are some big things from the book that the movie neglected. Overall, I still enjoy the Prisoner of Azkaban, and I think I even look at it more favourably with this re-watch.

-S

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Best scene of the movie?

Rewatching Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets

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After watching The Philosopher’s Stone, it was time to check out the second movie in the series. The Chamber of Secrets is actually one of my least favourite in the book series. I’m not sure if it’s because as a young kid I had a pretty intense fear of spiders (still existing but less intense today) and wasn’t too keen on snakes, or if it was something else entirely.

However, I found myself liking the movie a lot more after re-watching it, and I really can’t figure out why I disliked it so much as a kid. It’s funny, the story is interesting, the animation holds up well after all this time, and it was a really good watch. I wonder if my opinions of the book would change if I were to re-read it?

I found a lot ‘cute’ in Chamber of Secrets while watching it again. For example, Ron’s squeaky voice is hilarious, the mandrakes are adorable, and young Malfoy is super kawaii. Dobby is also super adorable, and one of my favourite characters in the Harry Potter series as a whole. I’ve always loved his mannerisms and introduction in this movie.

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Although not exactly how I imagined it would look from the outside, the Burrow remains one of my favourite sets in Harry Potter. It’s our first look into regular life for wizarding families, and I think they captured the ‘wondrously mundane’ that fascinated Harry, and fascinates us as the audience. The pan washing itself, the knitting needles clicking by themselves; it’s all perfectly wonderful!

Turning now to casting choices. Bonnie Wright was never the Ginny I expected to see, but I still think she carries the part very well. Likewise, Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart is not the physical embodiment I see in my head, but has the perfect attitude and arrogance, thus making him a very good choice. I’ve always felt that Molly Weasley, Arthur Weasley, Lucius Malfoy, and Moaning Myrtle were perfectly cast.

lockhartWatching Chamber of Secrets as an adult has made me rethink parts of the plot. Firstly, the other founders of Hogwarts should have really investigated each other’s opinions about education and student selection before going into business. Perhaps then they would have seen that starting a school with Salazar Slytherin was not a good idea, since he was okay with killing students with a fucking GIANT SNAKE. Also, I can’t remember if he goes to use the same spell in the book (I have a feeling he doesn’t), but Lucius Malfoy attempting to use the killing curse on Harry over Dobby’s freedom is just a tad extreme. I guess this makes the Malfoys the drama queen of the wizarding world?

lucy-malfoyAlthough I’m still 100% not okay with the spider scene, I definitely enjoyed the Chamber of Secrets much more on this viewing than I ever have before. This gives me hopes that maybe by the end of all eight movies, I will see them in a different light!

-S

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Ahh Dobby! 

Rewatching Harry Potter: The Inspiration

I am a massive Pothead.

Or should I say Potterhead?

absolutely love Harry Potter. I’ve been reading and re-reading the books for as long as I can remember, I have watched all the movies, my friends and I played Harry Potter games as kids, I’m a member of Pottermore, and, when I went to the UK in August, I spent over £200 in the gift shop at Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter.

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However, and there is always a ‘however’, although I’ve watched all the movies, my passion for them died down from the third one onward, despite my continual love of the books. I think it’s because as I got older during the making of the movies, I started to realise just how much of the books were getting cut. And not just minor things that I didn’t consider that important, such as Peeves or Neary Headless Nick’s Deathday, but other things that were much more serious. I also started to disagree with some of the casting choices, as the actors who were on screen did not match the character I saw in my head while reading. There were also other minor things that made watching the movies less enjoyable; they progressively got darker. And I mean literally; there are some scenes in the sixth movie that I had so many issues watching in the cinema. I only knew what was happening because of my knowledge of the books. The movies also got proressively quieter. I have minor hearing difficulties, and so I was mishearing or completely missiny out on some character’s lines. Not a problem, you think, just watch them again at home and with subtitles. Of course, that’s easy, but it doesn’t change my first impression of a film that I was eagerly anticipating. There’s still a lot of scenes that I like in the later films, but more and more that I disliked, leaving me feeling kind of… well, indifferent, especially to the last four or so movies.

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However, my recent visit to Warner Bros. in August instilled in me a deep sense of wonder and amazement at just how much effort by how many people went into the creation of these movies. It also made me think that maybe, just maybe, I had been a little too harsh on the films the first time I watched them. Plus everything was so freaking cool. So naturally, I want to re-watch the series, from the very beginning (and with subtitles). I’m not sure if there are extended cuts of the movies, but I plan to watch as much as possible for each one (I know that there are scenes in some of them that aren’t always played). I won’t be writing a review of the movie per se, but I am planning to post my opinions about them, and specifically, if my feelings towards them have changed. I’ll be posting Sundays starting at the end of the month, alternative to regular reviews (which may not be running for a while anyway).

Will you join me as we re-enter the magical world of Harry Potter?

-S

Time Renegades [Movie]: A thrilling watch

Although I slept for the majority of the eleven-hour flight between Abu Dhabi and Australia, I did need to keep myself awake in the few hours before landing so I could adjust to the time difference. I needed an engaging, interesting movie, and the description of the Korean Time Renegades (2016) fit the bill exactly.

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What’s it about?

The movie starts with the unfolding of New Year’s Eve for two men, thirty-two years apart. In modern times, Gun Woo (Lee Jin Wook), a detective, is waiting for a sign from his superiors to arrest a much-wanted criminal. In the 1980s, Ji Hwan (Cho Jung Seok) and his girlfriend Yoon Jung (Lim Soo Jung) are celebrating the night together when her handbag gets stolen. Gun Woo chases after his criminal and Ji Hwan chases after the thief. The events that befall the two of them are paralleled; both are injured in the resulting fight, rushed into emergency surgery, and experience near death on the operating table. When they awake, another connection is made; they both have unusual dreams in which they experience each other’s life. Both men feel that the dreams are too realistic to ‘just be dreams’, but they do their best to brush them off. That is, until Gun Woo is handed a folder of cold cases from the 1980s by his chief, Detective Kang (Jung Jin Young), and discovers that Yoon Jung is the first victim in a line of serial murders. Can Gun Woo in the future and Ji Hwan in the past work together to save her, and find the one responsible for the murders?

The Positives

There is plenty of solid acting in this movie. Of course, Lee Jin Wook and Cho Jung Seok are excellent as our two main leads. They were both very convincing in their emotions and the way they struggled with being connected to each other over a time span of thirty-odd years. Lim Soo Jung actually plays two roles in the movie, and she’s able to easily distinguish the two, but keeps (plot-driven) similarities between them. Great casting choices!

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Where the past and the present meet!

I LOVED the story of this movie. It was interesting and twisting, and kept me glued to the screen the whole time. The story unfolded at a perfect pace; starting slow and then building to a massive, dramatic climax. Not even one second of this movie is wasted; every scene is used perfectly to create the story. After the emotional journey to get to the end, the movie is finished perfectly. There’s a definite sense of completion in the story, which is just so satisfying.

The Negatives

I did have some minor issues with certain parts of the story, however. Although this movie isn’t technically time-travel, it does have the whole “changed-actions-of-the-past-from-knowledge-of-the-future-affect-the-future” aspect. This always hurts my head. In this movie, this aspect felt a little contrived at times. This is particularly the case with one character who plays an important role in both the past and the present. I feel that as the past changed, the present-version character’s personality should change as well as his memories change. This whole memory-being-affected should have actually applied to more than one character, but in the case of all of them, they stayed the same, which didn’t really make sense.

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How much will saving her affect the future world…?

Conclusion

Story: 8.5/10. Thrilling, interesting, and told completely and perfectly, I absolutely adored the story in this movie.

Characters: 7.5/10. The characters aren’t anything new, but the actors portraying them are fantastic.

Time Renegades was a very interesting and satisfactory movie to watch. I can forgive some of the plot issues I had because the story had me glued to the screen the whole time. Combined with likeable characters, superb acting, and a solid ending, Time Renegades is a great watch. Overall, I give it an 8/10.

-S

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Such a pretty movie!

Detective Chinatown [Movie]: Simple, crazy fun

Being stuck on planes for what feels like endless hours is an unfortunate necessity of travel, but often a great opportunity to catch up on movies you’ve either wanted to watch, or would never know about otherwise. The latter applies to the Chinese movie Detective Chinatown (2015), a fast-paced comedy-crime movie that entertained me for a couple of hours!

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What’s it about?

After his mother notices his bad mood following a rejection from the police academy, Qin Feng (Liu Hao Ran) is sent to Bangkok to visit his distant relative Tang Ren (Wang Baoqiang), the s0-called “Greatest Detective of Chinatown”. However, it doesn’t take Qin long to realise that his cousin has been exaggerating his reputation back home, and only Tang’s promise to take him sight-seeing makes him stay. Just when the two are ready to set out, Tang gets a mysterious call; a man associated with a gold robbery has been murdered, and he is the prime suspect! On the run from the police, Qin persuades Tang that they must solve the case in order to clear his name… but this will be difficult with two gangs and two competing detectives after them!

The Positives

First up, this movie is very funny and entertaining. But also stupid. Stupid-funny. You all know what I mean, right? It’s the kind of humour where you don’t have to think about any of the jokes. You can just sit back and laugh at the obvious cues. The movie made use of music quite a lot to set the light mood for the funny scenes, which was very successful. The build up of some scenes to reach a climatic ‘funny’ point were just handled very well; I laughed so much throughout this!

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Run boys, run.

Secondly, I really liked Qin as one of the main characters. He has a very dry and stoic nature which really makes him stand out with all of the crazy shenanigans happening around him. Obviously very intelligent and down-to-earth, he’s get a bit of a dark streak, which makes his character quite interesting. Initially I didn’t really like Tang and wasn’t expecting too much from his character. However, he grew on me throughout the movie as he proved to be a very resilient character. He’s also a fast thinker on his feet, and has the street-smarts to complete Qin’s logical intelligence. The pair can get through a lot together!

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Tang and Qin… the epitome of teamwork??

Finally, for a movie that is first and foremost a comedy, the detective story within is actually pretty decent. The case the pair had to solve was not simple nor straightforward, and there were a lot of interesting twists and turns. I really liked how Qin and Tang acted out scenarios to solve the case, and how it all came together in the end. It definitely kept me interested the whole movie.

The Negatives

As I mentioned earlier, this movie uses a lot of ‘stupid-funny’ humour, which I know is not going to suit everyone. Once or twice it veered a little too far into stupid for me, but I still found it bearable. Some scenes were definitely funnier than others, but if you’re more the type for witty or intelligent humour, chances are you won’t enjoy this movie. At the same time, and quite common with Chinese comedies, a lot of acting is exaggerated or over-the-top. This will get on your nerves if you’re not used to it, but if you approach the movie expecting it, you’ll get through fine.

Anything else I should consider?

This movie contains a lot of adult themes. In fact, it was altered by the airline I was flying with, and so when I re-watched it with a friend I was surprised to find extra bits and pieces in scenes that hadn’t been there previously. Although there’s nothing I would consider too risque, there’s at least one scene that’s not suited for anyone under the age of sixteen.

Conclusion

Story: 7.5/10. A decent detective story and a lot of laughs!

Characters: 7/10. Qin and Tang work surprisingly well together as the two main leads, keeping the audience on-track in the fast pacing of the plot.

Detective Chinatown is a funny, easy watch than you can use to lift your mood or take up some time. As long as you don’t mind enjoying something a little on the silly side, you’ll find it very enjoyable. Overall, I give it a 7/10.

-S

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Oh Qin, how I love you!

Commitment [Korean Movie]: Solid, but nothing special

A couple of days late is better than never, right? Anyway, I’ve been wanting to check out Big Bang’s T.O.P in an acting role for ages. Feeling like something of the spy-action genre, Commitment (2013) was what I reached for.

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What’s it about?

After his father betrayed North Korea, Ri Myung Hoon (T.O.P) and his younger sister Ri Hye In (Kim You Jung) are imprisoned in a forced labour camp. Inside the camp, Myung Hoon is approached by officer Moon Sang Chul (Cho Seong Ha) and offered a way out; if he becomes a spy for North Korea, he and his sister can be freed from the camp. Myung Hoon agrees, and after two years of training he is sent to Seoul where he poses as a high-school student, meeting outcast Lee Hye In (Han Ye Ri) at his school, who shares the same name as his sister. His mission is to find and kill whoever is assassinating North Korean spies in Seoul, but he must tread a careful road between his concern for his sister’s safety, his new found friendship with Hye In, Cha Jung Min (Yoon Je Moon), a South Korean investigator of the murders, and power struggles in the North.

The Positives

The action aspects of this movie are done really well. In particular, the fight scenes are amazing! I loved the choreography of all the fights, especially the big one between Myung Hoon and the assassin. The fights show how the characters can really utilise what’s available in their environment to defend themselves, making for some very interesting (and brutal) fights. Given that the characters are meant to be secret agents or at least highly skilled fighters, it makes sense, and adds a good sense of realism. As T.O.P did his own stunts, I was really impressed with just how much of a handle he had on them!

I also think T.O.P did a really good job portraying Myung Hoon. It’s obvious that Myung Hoon is an emotionally complex character; he’s got a protective streak over a lot of other characters, but he’s been trained to be a cold-blooded killer, but he’s still only really a kid that’s caught up in a web much bigger than he is, and has a certain sense of innocence about him. I know a few others have complained that T.O.P played the character too stoic, but I think he’s got all the emotion pouring from his eyes when he acts. T.O.P’s always had puppy-dog eyes, and he knows how to utilise them; you can really see Myung Hoon’s pain and confusion as the movie unfolds.

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T.O.P’ shows some top acting! (I’ll show myself out).

The Negatives

Putting aside that (then) 26 year old T.O.P is playing a 19 year old high-school student, there were other things in this movie that were lacking. For movie with an obvious focus on desperation and suffering, it just wasn’t as emotionally engaging as I’d expect. Sure, I felt for Myung Hoon, but I wasn’t shedding tears for him. I think that, as a whole, the movie was just a tad on the safely predictable side. From quite early on the movie, it becomes obvious how the story’s going to end; it’s the same thing I’ve seen countless of times in western spy movies. There was also an obvious avoidance of deep North/South issues, which could have easily been explored through Myung Hoon and his interactions with Sang Chul (representing North Korea) and Jung Min (representing South Korea). Even by the end of the movie, you didn’t know how he felt towards either country. I also think they could have utilised (friend) Hye In’s character more, as she represented the closest thing Myung Hoon could get to a normal life. There are little hints of Myung Hoon trying to understand both her, and her life, throughout the movie, but it’s still a source of wasted potential.

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Could have done much more with these two 😦

Conclusion

Story: 6.5/10. Solid, good action, but just too predictable and lacking strong emotional engagement.

Characters: 6/10. Myung Hoon and (friend) Hye In are the most interesting characters, but the movie doesn’t do much with them.

Commitment is a fairly solid action movie. It features a good cast and some awesome action scenes. However, it could have been much more if the writers were prepared to take it a step further. Solid, but not memorable. Not a bad watch if you like the genre or are a T.O.P fan. Overall, I give it a 6/10.

-S

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Fellow Big Bang member GD expresses how every T.O.P fan felt after the movie.