"...it was obvious, predictable, clich'd and way too fake."
Director: Baek Wun-Hak
Writer: Baek Wun-Hak
Producer: Seo Gyeong-Seok(b), Lee Chang-Wu
Cast: Kim Seok-Hun, Bae Du-Na, Park Sang-Min, Im Hyeon-Sik, Son Byeong-Ho, Gi Ju-Bong, Gweon Oh-Jung, Jeong Jun(a), Sa Hyeon-Jin, Nam Po-Dong, Bong Tae-Gyu
Running Time: 118 Mins
Plot: A detective tries to stop an embittered retired special agent from blowing up a subway train. Seen "Speed", "Die Hard", or "The Rock"? Thought so...
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
EQUINOX21'S REVIEW: What happens when a Korean movie gets made with the look and feel of a Hollywood action movie? Tube happens. It’s big on flash, low on substance and even style. It’s not that it was bad; it’s just that it was obvious, predictable, clichéd and way too fake. Obviously, it’s just a movie so it will be quite fake, but this was just over the top with its faux happenings.
The bad guys, led by T, seemed to have no real motivation for being horrible, merciless killers until their surprise history is revealed, and even then it’s hard to see why they’d be so evil. Jay, a cop who always seems to be in the right place at the right time to stop evil T, and Kay (the always cute Bae Du-na, even after getting wailed on in the face three times by a grown man and only ends up with a small split lip to show for it), a small time pick pocket, have no backgrounds or explanations as to how or why they are involved with the whole story or each other. But of course, they fall for each other just before the ultimately predictable ending. Same story, different movie.
There really wasn’t much special about Tube, but it was slightly enjoyable. The shootout at the beginning was flashy garbage with dozens of SWAT cops getting slaughtered and none of the terrorists getting even close to remotely even being the least bit scathed by a single bullet (that is, of course, until Jay comes in to save the day). The ending was probably the best part of the movie, even if it was very predictable. Overall, you should probably skip it. It doesn’t have anything special to offer.
EQUINOX21'S RATING: 6/10