Film Review by: Mut Asheru
I really wanted to like this film and I really did…kind of. MOT and indie Korean film directed by Hobin Seo tells the tale of life gone wrong for a group of high-school friends after an innocent night of partying to celebrate their last day of high school. During the course of the party Sung-pil’s sister needs to go home and get some medicine and catches a ride with Kyung-mi. They do not make it back in one piece. The enraged brother Sung-pil and crew take some drastic actions on poor Gun-woo that they ultimately cannot take back.
MOT the movie happens 4 years later when Hyun-myung comes home from the military. He doesn’t want to be there. All the now grown men are just a tad bit creepy, psychologically scarred and have to endure their claustrophobic relationship of not really being able to talk about the past for want of leaving their secrets buried along with their unresolved guilt. Needless to say things are tense amongst the secret holders and get more strained as the films travels slowly along.
The film never delivers an emotional resolution. There’s a climatic ending to be sure. However, I was left with a big gaping hole of expectancy within my chest. The camera angles, acting and cinematography were all there in nice harmony; however, the end just didn’t quite reach that moment of resolution or resolve that is needed to tie the film cinematic-ally together. To be clear. I didn’t dislike the film and even look forward to the next offering from Director Seo… I just wish it had that *umph* required in a decent drama / mystery to make the payoff better. It was like Thanksgiving dinner with no dressing. Doesn’t make the dinner a waste…but it doesn’t help to make it memorable either.
|Director: Ho-bin Seo 서호빈|
|Cast: Ho Hyo-hoon 호효훈, Kang Bong-sung 강봉성, Byun Jun-suk 변준석, Lee Paul 이바울, Kim Won-hee 김원희, Kim Yu-ri 김유리, Lee Chae-young 이채영|
|Screenwriters: Ho-bin Seo 서호빈|
|Producers: Byung-june Kim 김병준|
|Director of photography: Jung-hoon Yang 양정훈|