Carter review: The new Netflix movie puts work above all else

Netflix released several engaging and action-packed series this year, including We are all dead And the Money Heist: Korea. But the next big action in the movie is a movie, Carterwhich stars Joo Won. The normally pure-hearted image of Joo Won undergoes a stunning transformation here into the rugged, savage-like Carter (who bears the name of the movie). Carter Directed by Jung Byung-gil, who has made a career out of his high-octane action direction in films like the villain (2017) and confession to murder (2012).

Viewers who are looking for a solid action movie will find plenty of action in this attractive and elegantly modified movie Carter, where all the action sequences are woven together to give the movie a “one-takes” effect. There are stunning aerial views of rooftop battles and waterfall escapes, along with spine-tingling chases through dimly lit cavernous rooms – with the increasingly familiar backdrop of tension between North and South Korea. Carter He sets off to get the work done, the choreography, the web design, he slays with great confidence.

However, those looking for a more character-driven story may find or have a lower tolerance for long and elaborate action sequences CarterThe 132 minute runtime is a bit confusing.

Carter It begins with a densely laid-back introduction, noting that the Korean peninsula is struggling with a serious infectious outbreak of the “DMZ virus.” Viral infection creates “animal-like behavior” and increases violent tendencies in infected people. Leaders from North and South Korea are working together to create an antibody treatment using the blood of Dr. Jong’s daughter, Ha-na, who was cured of her DMZ virus infection through her father’s research. However, Doctor Jung (Jung Jae Young) and Ha Na (Kim Bo Min) were lost while arranging transportation to North Korea, where the doctor was supposed to continue his research and produce a comprehensive treatment for the virus at the Sinuiju Chemical Weapons Institute. There, crowds of infected patients from North Korea were quarantined. Meanwhile, Carter wakes up to find a mysterious voice giving him instructions through an earpiece. He has no choice but to continue the mission as he has a deadly bomb in his mouth.

The DMZ outbreak is occurring just 10 months after the ceasefire between North and South Korea, with the armistice in delicate balance amid mistrust on both sides over the failed transfer of Dr. Jung and Ha Na. The geopolitical backdrop and the health crisis provide the necessary narrative bets amid the film’s constant whirlwind of action. There’s also a whole host of cool personalities: foreign relations, North Korean Workers’ Party members, military leaders, intelligence agents, infectious disease doctors, and children. Unfortunately, each is only lightly used (with the exception of the young Ha-na); They exit as soon as they enter, leaving viewers to regret missed opportunities to deepen the film’s narrative and character arcs.

There is a sharp feeling in Carter That work will always take precedence over well-designed character development or emotional junctures. The movie also contains a great deal of blood, which seems verbose or even immersed in the movie’s “one-shot” style. at several points in CarterViewers may struggle to find answers to some fundamental questions in the sacred art of story-making: What is currently driving the story’s protagonist, Carter, to take such a disproportionate amount of risk? On the other hand, what are the reasons for the opponent’s decisions? In essence, what is the motivation behind each character’s work?

One of the biggest talking points in Carter It is the “one-shot” style in which it was filmed. While the movie consists of several shots, the overall effect works. As the film moves relentlessly from a public restroom to a bus, warehouse, medical facility, clothing store, and plane, to name a few, it gives a “one-shot” style. Carter A sense of expansiveness in space that few action movies have been able to achieve. The camera tirelessly chases an equally hardworking Carter through physical space, trapped together in chaos and uncertainty. There is no lead time provided by an alternate angle and no additional knowledge gained through the incorporation snapshot; The enemy can come out from any direction.

Joo Won In Carter.
Photo: Netflix

Many of the sequences are a triumph for filmmaking, especially those that involve vehicles flying across a dizzying array of backdrops: a motorcycle chase scene through labyrinthine streets and alleys, a plane encounter that turns into a skydiving fight scene (which was filmed with the actors really skydiving ) and a fighting sequence that includes trucks and jeeps speeding through a farming area. The sequences are tied together almost easily – a stark contrast to the unimaginably labor-intensive work and planning that was created Carter. At times, the movie feels like a giant tangled escape room game. Perhaps there is an annoying question here about whether CarterHis cinematic achievements are wasted on the small screens that Netflix audiences will encounter with the film, because all efforts may not fully translate to home viewing.

It’s in the last 25 minutes of the movie Carter He really digs into the most important issues and develops an unexpected emotional attraction. There is the question of kinship – the family we are born into and the “family” we find – and how the duties of responsibility and care fit into these relationships. The film also raises questions about identity and information warfare through Carter’s amnesia. The spread of technology — the movie takes this very literally, through the electronics built into Carter’s body — resonates closely. Just as Carter struggles to discover his identity through the constant flow of text messages as well as information provided by an anonymous voice, technology has also become a major force in defining knowledge about ourselves and the world.

These are all interesting questions you raised Carter. However, viewers may find themselves having to dig well under the film’s explosions and chase viewers to find them.

Carter Streaming on Netflix now.