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Posted October 1, 2010
Mutant Tadpole on the Loose in South Korea!
Before watching this film, I was excited by the reviews and buzz on this movie! I love monster movies, and thought this would be a cool movie to watch. Well.... It is the year 2000, on an American military post in Seoul, South Korea. An American and Korean doctor are pouring old Formaldehyde down the drain, which flows into the Han River. Forward 6 years later to the Han River. A Grandfather, Park Hee-bong, and his son, Gang-du, run a food stand by the river. Gang-du's daughter, Hyun-Seo, comes home, and they both watch Nam-Joo(Gang-du's sister) in the Seoul Olympics participating in archery. A few minutes later, a large, moving mass is observed hanging from the local bridge. It drops to the water and swims over to the shore, which now has a crowd watching the swimming mass. It swims past them, and then in a few moments, appears down the water's edge charging towards them knocking people over. In the next scenes, the director does an interesting job of using present motion and slow motion scenes to show the monster on the rampage. The music is also very good as the monster chases and runs people over. Gang-du, along with an American, attempt to combat the monster, which only provokes it more. In the ensuing chaos, the monster snatches Hyun-Seo, and jumps back into the river. It takes Hyun back to its lair, which becomes a dumping ground for all of its caught prey. The government claims the creature carries a deadly virus that will infect everyone! Gang-du is taken to a hospital, but later escapes with his family, when he receives a phone call from his daughter, who he thought was dead. The rest of the movie is the attempted rescue of Hyun-Seo by the Grandfather and his 3 children. The monster (to me) is an amphibious mutant tadpole. It is interesting how the director starts the monster acting rather tamely. It basically just runs over people or knocks them into the water. However, the more it chases, the more vicious it becomes, especially when it becomes entrapped with people inside a truck. And definitely as the movie progresses, the more hungry and ferocious it becomes. I liked the look of the monster, and the CGI department did a good job of its movement and speed. There are definite scenes of humor in the film. I thought some worked, but most of the time it took away from the building tension in the film. That was my major problem with the film, is it could not decide whether to be a serious movie along the lines of Jaws, or a horror-comedy along the lines of Lake Placid. That is just my take! The film really treats the Korean and American military as sneaky, untrustworthy, uncaring folk and I would throw in the hospital staff also under that category. The military just does not seem interested in ever catching or destroying this monster on the loose, until the very end. And then they do not care if they get rid of the monster, or anyone else standing around for that matter. The DVD does come with a few extras: * There is commentary during the film with Director Bong Joon-HO * Deleted Scenes (most did not add to the movie) * Deleted News Clips (which did add more background to the movie) * Director Bong Joon-Ho's Reflections : where he basically apologizes to everyone who worked on the movie, was in the movie, or was around the filming of the movie. This part is actually pretty humorous. I did enjoy the movie overall, but definite parts of the movie were too slow, and I felt it never could decide what it really wanted to be: a serious monster film or a horror-comedy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.