(This is Exit film review, which is a Korean action comedy featuring rock-climbing skills with some bio-terrorism)
Have you wondered what will be the result from the mixture of Yoona, some mountain-climbing skills and bio-terrorism in Seoul? Exit will be the unexpected answer and hell it is truly different from the current crop of films from South Korea.
It is directed by Lee Sang-geun, and features the famous duo Jo Jung Suk and Im Yoon Ah(Yoona). And let us quickly delve into the Exit film review below to see how well it fares!
When a weird deadly white gas starts to envelop Seoul, Yong Nam and his family are stuck in a building with his old crush Eui Ju. To survive, they will have to use their rock-climbing skills, of which those two are the best in the college days. But will they be able to out-climb the ever rising poisonous smoke?
Exit Film Review
First of all, I have to be honest, the premise itself is weird and inconsistent. Also, if this film depends solely on the plot, this this film will be the ultimate flop and failure. Some of the films are confusing and happen suddenly without much reason. Also, there won’t be any big twists in the end.
it’s mostly star power and action/choreography scenes that takes the steering wheel
So, for example, you will not know why the smoke appears other than the reason stated on the news, and it’s still pretty nonsensical. And for the rest of the film, it’s mostly star power and action/choreography scenes that takes the steering wheel. Thus, in this department, it scores rather poorly.
Worse, even the romance part is just okay, and it’s not even brought to a very nice conclusion that is common in this genre. So, um yeah, the premise just fails by a bit compared to the average standard.
Pacing is just decent, where the actions are superseded with some tense moments that keeps things interesting. However, it’s also kind of monotonous in the middle portion, but not to the point that it will bore you down.
Visual effect are okay as well. Sometimes, the smog seems real, and others you can tell it’s made by After Effect. So it’s pretty inconsistent with the quality of the CGI.
The characters, or rather the actors, are the main stars and also the reason why this film is watched by many. It’s because both Jo Jung Suk and Im Yoon Ah are really famous in country, as well as to those that are familiar to K-drama, K-film and K-pop. They alone will be the reason most go to watch this film directed by an unknown director.
Now, for the acting part, both of them perform decently. Jo Jung Suk’s character has more nuanced expression and body languages that makes him a better actor. Granted, he is a full time actor and not a singer/dancer like Yoona. I like how he is able to portray his character in a cool yet sometimes immature and pathetic way. He achieves that balance pretty well.
he is able to portray his character in a cool yet sometimes immature and pathetic way
As for Yoona, she has the look and also a bit of the acting part. Truthfully, her role is not hard or tough, but I admire her stamina in many of the climbing and running scenes. And most of these are without stunt doubles too! Man, this makes me really impressed, as her body belies her strength.
Other characters are just alright and very cliché. Some of the common stereotypes of strict father and mother, as well as brothers-in-law that are book smart but not street smart. So nothing much can be said here sadly.
The soundtrack actually helps to turn this film into an entertaining watch. Firstly, it transforms it from a thriller horror from the smoke into something like a fun race. The melody is pumped up and it feels like a full thriller action movie with lots of movements on scene. And I kind of like it!