For Jan. 30th: Going by the Book

“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.

Story: 2/2

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.

Acting: 1.5/2

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).

Photography: 1/2

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.

Sound/FX: 2/2

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.

Misc: 2/2

A wonderfully assembled comedy/action movie with a great ending.  Very fresh and more imaginative than a lot of what I’ve ever seen.

VERDICT: 8.5/10

Good for anytime.  Great for college-age kids and older adults.

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