Taking a break from kdramas to quickly review the fun and action packed Veteran 베테랑. The movie is another one of director Ryoo Seung-wan’s action films, which follows the Bourne-esque The Berlin File.
The film has a very recognizable cast of stars with Hwang Jung-min and Yoo Ah-in. Honestly, I can just go on and on at how delicious Yoo Ah In was as the rich bad guy, Jo Tae-oh. He was just so out of control and it worked. Make no mistake, the supporting actors are chosen very well, too. I was impressed with Jang Yoon-ju who I was familiar with in variety shows, and her kick-timing was a great running gag. Yoo In-young had a small part as a tragic starlet. I wish there was more of her. There were also a few notable cameos. You just have to watch the movie to see them all.
Along with the drama of a seemingly invincible chaebol and the heart of gold cop, there was these grandiose scenes of humor and action that was very reminiscent of the 2006 American film, Crank. I love how batshit crazy Crank was, so Veteran was right up my alley. It was serious when it needed to be and hilarious in a surprising way. It made watching the film so much fun.
Veteran seemingly belongs to Hwang Jung-min as Detective Seo Do-cheol though. Do-cheol’s life as a cop is something that holds a lot of pride for him. He speaks of being a man as a lullaby to his sleeping son. He reiterates it with a contractor’s son with whom he comes to help bring to justice the very family Jo Tae-oh is trying to bring down. It is Do-cheol’s passion for truth that fuels the story. He owns every scene with his grit and humor.
If you came as a fan of Yoo Ah In, you’ll leave the movie as a fan of Hwang Jung-min.
The movie is 123 minutes long. No MPAA rating, but it feels like a strong PG13 or light R for violence, drug use and some language.
U.S. release date September 18, 2015.
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FYI, what is likely to be Yoo Ah In’s last kdrama before going into the army, Six Flying Dragons premieres October 5.
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