A Big City Mob Boss is betrayed by four criminal associates who disappear with his loot, his girl and more importantly, his pride. With only hours until his arrest, he calls in the deadliest cleaner on the eastern seaboard to track down these dogs and finish them. Now the four of them hole up in Pittsburgh and try to turn the tables on the man known only by the moniker The Korean .
A thinking man's action flick for sure, Thomas Dixon does a fantastic job telling the story and keeping the audience in suspense in his feature film debut. If you re a fan of films like Pulp Fiction; and Memento then I suggest picking this one up. The Korean is a stylish action thriller that is both classy and captivating, this gritty tale gives Tarantino a run for his money. --Patrick Ricketts, Video Views
impressively shot... Tarantinoesque violent comedy and tough-guy bluster...Individual shot compositions are often inventive. --Variety
*** ...ambitious Tarantino like story and a terrific cast make this an enjoyable movie... --Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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The lead character did not have much room to act outside of a "stoic" role. Other parts were developed, but Lee remained largely wooden. Having your main character be the deus ex machina for the final reveal sort of requires a two dimensional character, and Lee stays true to that. However the story would have been just as good with more character development and an obvious plan on Lee's part instead of a surprise twist at the end that has become the signature of M. Night Shyamalan. Lee plays a loyal retainer all the way through, almost like Forrest Whitaker in "Ghost Dog" until the end. It is a minor inconsistency in the character, but forgivable.
Nitpicks: The firearms were obviously airguns. This wasn't so bad for the pistols, but the barrel cocking rifle was completely out of place. I'm not sure if the laws in Pittsburg or Pennsylvania made using more realistic props difficult but it was a distracting flaw. This may have been a budget issue. The cliches of the unique item. In any action thriller involving a high priced item in a metallic case the audience never gets to see inside. The Korean does the same. It would be refreshing to violate this principle instead of trying to keep the audience hooked by mere curiosity. It didn't work in "Ronin" or "Pulp Fiction" and it doesn't work here. It just annoys me.
Still, I didn't feel like it wasted my time, and other than the BB gun issue I enjoyed myself.