Carter review: Netflix’s new film keeps the action above the rest

Netflix has released a number of great, action-packed episodic series this year, including we are all dead And Money Heist: Korea, But its next big action piece is a movie, car driver, starring Joo Won in the lead role. The typically clean heartthrob image of Joo Won here undergoes a shocking transformation into the rugged, ruffian-like Carter (named for the film’s title). car driver Directed by Jang Byung-gil, who has made a career in films with his stylized, high-octane action direction villain (2017) and confession of murder (2012).

Viewers looking for a solid action film will find plenty of thrill in captivating, engagingly edited car driver, where all its action sequences are woven together to give the film a “one take” effect. Along with the increasingly familiar backdrop of tensions between North and South Korea, there are astonishing aerial views of rooftop fights and waterfall escaping, along with spine-tingling chases through dimly lit caves. what car driver Set to completion in action, choreography, and set design, it proceeds with great enthusiasm.

However, those looking for a more character-driven story or who have less tolerance for long, elaborate action sequences may find car driverThe runtime of 132 minutes is a bit overwhelming.

car driver Begins with an exhibition-heavy introduction, noting that the Korean peninsula is grappling with a serious infectious outbreak of the “DMZ virus”. Viral infection produces “animal-like behavior” and increases predatory instincts in the infected. The leaders of North and South Korea are working together to create an antibody treatment using the blood of Ha-Na, the daughter of Doctor Jung, who was cured of a DMZ virus infection through her father’s research. However, doctors Jang (Jung Jae-young) and Ha-na (Kim Bo-min) disappear during a transfer arrangement to North Korea, where the doctor had to advance his research and find a large-scale cure for the virus. was to produce. Sinuiju Chemical Weapons Institute. There, a crowd of infected North Korean patients have also been kept in quarantine. Meanwhile, Carter wakes up and finds a mysterious voice instructing him through an earpiece. He has no choice but to complete the mission as a deadly bomb is planted in his mouth.

The outbreak of the DMZ virus comes only 10 months after the ceasefire between North and South Korea, with the ceasefire striking a delicate balance between mistrust on both sides over the failed transfer of Doctor Jung and Ha-Na. The geopolitical backdrop and health crisis provide the necessary narrative stakes amid the film’s nonstop action. There’s also a whole cast of fascinating characters: foreign contacts, members of the North Korean Workers’ Party, military leaders, intelligence agents, infectious disease doctors, and children. Unfortunately, each of them is only used lightly (with the exception of the young Ha-Na); They exit as quickly as they enter, leaving audiences to regret the missed opportunities to deepen the film’s story and character arc.

I have a strong feeling car driver That action will always take precedence over character development or a well-crafted emotional turn. There’s also a fair amount of gore in the film, which makes it feel long or even indulgent from the “one shot” style of the film. at several points car driver, viewers may struggle to find answers to some fundamental questions in the sacred art of storytelling: What is currently prompting the story’s protagonist, Carter, to take such an extreme amount of risk? On the other hand, what are the reasons behind the opponent’s decisions? In short, what is the motivation behind each character’s action?

One of the biggest talking points of car driver This is the “single take” style in which it was shot. Although the film is made up of several shots, the overall effect works. As the film moves breathlessly from a public bathhouse to a bus, warehouse, medical facility, clothing store, and airplane, just to name a few, the “single take” genre lays car driver A sense of spaciousness in space that few action movies have been able to achieve. The camera relentlessly chases the equally industrious Carter through physical space, stuck together in chaos and uncertainty. Alternative approaches offer neither relief nor additional knowledge gained through an established shot; The enemy can leave from any direction.

ju won in car driver,
Image: Netflix

Many of the sequences are triumphs of filmmaking, especially those involving vehicles flying through a dizzying array of backdrops: a motorbike chase scene through labyrinthine streets and alleyways, an airplane standoff that turns into a skydiving fight scene. (which was shot with the actors actually skydiving) and a fight sequence involving speeding trucks and jeeps through an agricultural landscape. The sequences are almost effortlessly threaded together—in contrast to the unimaginably labor-intensive work and planning that went into manufacturing car driver, At times, the movie feels like one giant, intriguing escape room game. There is perhaps a troubling question here whether car driverThe cinematic achievements of the film are ruined on the small screen that Netflix audiences will have to face, as all the effort may not translate perfectly to home viewing.

It is in the last 25 minutes of the film that car driver Really digs into issues of the flesh and develops an unexpected emotional gravity. There is the question of kinship—the family we are born into and the “family” we find ourselves in—and how responsibility and duties of care come into play in these relationships. The film also raises questions about identity and information warfare through Carter’s memory loss. The enormity of the technology – through the electronics embedded in Carter’s body to the film takes it very literally – resonates with relevance. Just as Carter is trying to ascertain his identity through a constant stream of text messages as well as information provided by a vocal voice, technology also plays a big role in determining knowledge about himself and the world. has become a force.

These are all interesting questions raised by car driver, However, viewers may find themselves digging well beneath the film’s explosions and chasing scenes to find them.

car driver Now streaming on Netflix.

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