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Disappointing overall, too long, would not recommend
on December 13, 2014
This movie was okay. While some of the action scenes were fun to watch, others felt labored and too long.
Overall, I would rate the movie 6/10.
As background, I believe S Korean movies have really been impressive over the last several years. The Man from Nowhere was an impressive piece of work all around, just to name one example.
When I saw the positive reviews for The Suspect, I thought I would be in for a treat. I came out disappointed. While the movie was slightly better than average in my opinion, it was too long for my tastes. And as I noted, many scenes were dragged out for too long.
Also, while I am able to suspend realism for two hours to enjoy a movie, I found certain scenes silly. For instance, a team of shooters with automatic rifles could not shoot a man, who ran 50 yards on unobstructed rooftops. Really?
The film had high quality production, and was better than average, but I felt I wasted over 2 hours of my life watching it. And I generally love action movies. And I couldnt help but feel that this was a Bourne knockoff (in style at least), which relied on fast camera work during hand to hand combat scenes, which can have a dizziying effect.
While many seem to enjoy this movie, I would not recommend this movie to friends. If you must see it, do not go in with too high of expectations.