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BLITZ REVIEW: The Villainess

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about The Villainess. So with 2017 nearly over, I’m trying to check out as many films as I can before I finalize my top 10 list and this was one I wanted to watch since I read the review on IGN back in July. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! ūüėÄ

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Assassin Sook-hee is recruited as a sleeper agent with the promise of freedom after ten years of service, but soon enough, secrets from her past destroy everything she’s worked for, and now she embarks on a rampage of revenge.”¬† To be honest, this film had me from the beginning, it hit the ground running and moved with haste, and yet it kept me intrigued to learn more about the main character and how she got into such a crazy situation. From there the story is told in a non-linear manner with events past and present being interwoven throughout, and over time you learn about the main character, her unfortunate backstory, the intelligence agency she comes into contact with and many other things. This story is filled with tragedy, drama, revenge and deceit with new small pieces of information that slowly reveal the larger picture. I was surprised by how much depth there was and some of the twists and reveals got me far more emotional than I expected. And while following the story was a little tough because I can’t read subtitles very fast, I was able to get the general idea of what was happening. The cast was great and I’ll briefly talk my favourites.¬†Kim Ok-bin¬†as Sook-hee/Chae Yeon-soo was incredible, she had great screen presence and carried so many of the physical and emotional scenes very well.¬†Shin Ha-kyun¬†was incredible as Lee Joong-sang, so calm, collected sinister and badass.¬†Sung Joon¬†as Jung Hyun-soo was really charming and captivating and¬†Kim Seo-hyung¬†as Kwon-sook was a wonderfully tough, stern and confident lady who has a magnetic presence whenever on-screen,¬†Jo Eun-ji¬†as Kim Sun was such a horrible bitch and yet she was one of my favourite people and¬†Lee Seung-joo¬† as Choon-mo. Also, I can’t talk about this film without mentioning the action, it was so kinetic and dynamic with the almost seamless tracking shots for action sequences, cool hand-to-hand combat, great gunfights and chase sequences and violence that was wonderfully gruesome. In conclusion, The Villainess¬†was everything I had hoped for and more, as an action film it hit all the right notes with its choreography and violence, but the story had so much more depth. drama and emotional engagement than I expected which was a great bonus. This is one of my favourites of the year for sure and I recommend it for sure! ūüėÄ

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So have you seen The Villainess¬†and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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