Thoughts on Save the Green Planet!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 3:40 PM By Simon

-Jan Jung-hwa directs Shin Ha-kyun (Ryu!) as Byeong-gu, a mentally ill young serial killer who regularly kidnaps people who he suspects are aliens trying to destroy the planet, with the help of his childlike circus performer girlfriend Su-ni (Hwang Jeong-min). They next kidnap a factory executive (Baek Yoon-sik), and as police rush to find him, revelations of Byeong-gu's true intentions are revealed.

-Hazzah for weirdass Korean movies! HAZZAH, I SAYS!

-A dark comedy/thriller/horror/sci-fi/romance, beautifully done, acted fantastically (especially an insane Shin), anywhere from sweet to disturbing to heartbreaking, all done with an enthusiastic zeal.

-My only complaint would be the third act, which veers off into such off territory from the tone the first two established.

-La Strada reference!

-If you know someone who doesn't cry during the end credits (I trust you, guy, don't worry), lock up your children and load your canons, because robots have gone AI and they know you're onto them.

2 comments:

CS said...

I saw this at TIFF a few year's back. Odd yet extremely entertaining. I agree though that it falls apart towards the end.

November 24, 2010 at 5:06 PM
Simon said...

CS: Lucky. TIFF. And indeed.

November 26, 2010 at 6:18 PM