“Going by the Book” is the second Korean-made movie I have watched so far. I am again amazed by the creative media output of this country. Hopefully, I can submit some time to research the product of the Korean film industry, as it has suddenly become much more interesting.
The film itself is a very simple story of a police officer. Do-man is a dedicated traffic cop who is very focused on his work. After pulling over the new police chief by accident, he is assigned to play the part of a bank robber as part of a training exercise. It turns out that he’s very dedicated to this new job as well, taking it to an extreme no one would have imagined.
Both the comedic and dramatic timing are great in this action movie turned on its head. The well-written dialogue adds to this quite a bit.
The characters are all colorful and fun, even if there are a few too many at times. Jae-yeong Jeong is great as Do-man, opposite a frustrated police chief , Seung-woo (Byung-ho Son).
The main sets are well designed and practical, but sometimes get a little stale. The photographic style moves back and forth between calm and tense, as the emotion of the scene dictates.
Awesome effects in the second act, with a great amount of synchronization between audio and video. The music is great too, strangely playful sometimes, but great.
A wonderfully assembled comedy/action movie with a great ending. Very fresh and more imaginative than a lot of what I’ve ever seen.
Good for anytime. Great for college-age kids and older adults.