Each shot can stand alone as a work of photographic art. It is a documentary film from a third person omnicious point of view.
The sea here plays a big part of the theme. It is the canvas. It is the life and death. It is the silence. It is the observer and the actor.
There is no more real encounter of the Mediterranean refugee crisis of our time better and more vivid than this film.
True work of Art depicting the true scary face of our vulnerabilities and decaying innocence of our humanity.
Cicely … the calming sea … the apathetic waves … the simplicity of the island inhabitants, the innocence of childhood … the serenity of boredom … the beauty of Italian traditional music … the peace of family … contrasted with what these waves brings of human suffering ashore.
Must see. Must present. Must act to end suffering of our species.
I watched this movie last night with couple of my friends at the Detroit Film Theater.
The movie is full of action and suspense, taking one twist after the other from the beginning few seconds. Amazing film making and interesting camera works at times. It is also a nice window to the Korean culture: how they respect their elders, mourning, loyalty, and female/male relarionship. It also exposes corruption within the government or police departments.
There are many funny moments, and although violence is part of the plot, there are no graphic violence scenes save a fight scene that gets really long 😀.
I recommend this as an action movie with light ending.
Here is what DFT said:
(South Korea/2014—directed by Kim Seong-hun)
A homicide detective makes the first of several bad decisions when, immediately after his mother’s funeral, he runs somebody over and decides to hide the victim’s body in a most inappropriate location. To his horror, he soon discovers that a colleague is making steady progress on the case, and to make matters worse, there seems to be a witness – another detective. This nerve-wracking thriller is all non-stop surprises and suspense, with a thread of dark comedy at every turn. If you’re looking for profundity you won’t find it here, but for those who crave an occasional jolt of supremely kinetic, only-in-the-movies mayhem, this South Korean surprise delivers the goods. 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Director’s Fortnight selection. In Korean with English subtitles. (111 min.)
“When was the last time you saw a modern thriller with so much narrative and visual wit that you were simultaneously laughing and crying out in fear? Dare to be disoriented.” –David Edelstein, New York Magazine
“You’ll be glad that A Hard Day isn’t happening to you, but you won’t regret observing it all from a safe distance.” –Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post
“It’s the heady black humor, social satire and a touch of surrealism that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.” –Maggie Lee, Variety
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