The suspect

The suspect

DVD - 2014 | Korean
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Dong-chul is the best field agent in North Korea. Abandoned during a mission, his wife and daughter go missing. Wrongfully accused of treason and murder he must now expose the truth or die.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (137 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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dnk
Feb 03, 2018

I would give this 4.5 stars if that were an option. Great movie, but the beginning was confusing. However, after about half an hour, the important details started falling into place and I could enjoy the (extremely high velocity) ride.

A North Korean agent has defected to the South after the murder of his young family; while he's looking for a way to avenge them, he's implicated in a murder of the wealthy Chairman who employs him. While on the run from the police and looking for the man who murdered his family, he's chased by a cynical former military agent he tangled with in Hong Kong- an assignment that left both of them compromised (I only half-jokingly thought of them as something like Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in "The Fugitive"). He's aided by a journalist who lost her job while tracking down North Korean refugees who were trafficked into China. As both chase down leads from other ends, they realize that the South Korean government is implicated in what happened to both the Chairman and the agent's family. The meat of the movie is figuring out why and seeing if the agent can get not just vengeance but justice.

While there was plenty of action in this movie (remind me to put my car in reverse the next time I have to take a super steep hill), what stood out for me was the atmosphere of conspiracy and corruption. It was clear that the dangerous agents were only the muscle for the corrupt people who really pulled the strings. If modern South Korean cinema is to be believed, the South Korean government is far more dangerous than North Korea could ever be.

Recommended for fans of Korean action cinema

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Annieoywong
Nov 12, 2016

This is a great action movie with some violent scenes. It is about an extraordinary agent in North Korea who was abandoned during a mission and was accused of a murder. He was on the run and he tried to find out the truth.
This movie is subtitled.

NewYorkViews May 17, 2015

This movie started out okay, but then there were too many cinematographic quick scenes making it confusing at times, and too many martial arts violent scenes. I would have given it almost three stars but at the near end of "The Suspect," the movie turned into some sort of strange-like pro-GMO (genetically modified crops) propaganda film--totally unexpected and annoying.

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ocgenapo
May 06, 2015

very good!

nycounsel Mar 09, 2015

This was an action movie that looked really good in the trailer, and that I wanted to like, but for whatever reason it was just a little too convoluted to keep my interest. Maybe some of it was just lost in translation.

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Dreamstime
Sep 27, 2014

Excellent action movie though the frantic pace was often hard to follow.

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trotter73
Sep 20, 2014

great action movie.
It reminded me of the Bourne series, super spies, shaky cameras during action sequences, and car chases.

fyi, this movie is subtitled.

rodman856 Sep 11, 2014

Great Action Sequences.

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