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Old School Crime Bosses Spar in New World

Cops and criminals—they're all the same! So says South Korean writer-turned-director Park Hoon-jung, again, with New World, which like his last screenplay, I Saw the Devil, embraces a rather tired two-sides-of-the-same-coin moral equation. When a corporate crime boss is killed, ambitious would-be successors Jung (Hwang Jung-min) and Lee (Park Sung-woong) square off for the boardroom throne, all without knowing that thorn-in-their side chief inspector Kang (Oldboy's Choi Min-sik) plans to manipulate this power transition via his longtime undercover mole, Jung's right-hand man Ja-sung (Lee Jung-jae). Nonstop chatter in which Jung, Lee, and Kang threaten each other is weighed down by the bluntness of Park's dialogue, and his intrigue-laden narrative's efforts to prop up crooks and drag down cops to the same level—culminating with a twist that finally compels Ja-sung to "choose a side"—feels strained and didactic. An excessively bloody sequence that finds Jung battling five knife-wielding assassins in a cramped elevator is the only moment of intensity. The rest of Park's direction is sleek and assured, but lacking the dynamism that might help energize a film that—its title notwithstanding—comes off as dully old-school.

 
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charvat
charvat

Dont get influenced by rubbish reviews and see it for yourself. Especially if u r into well produced and well made crime flics. Reminded me of donnie brasco. No movies like this those days

charvat
charvat

Dont get influenced by this rubbish review. if you like well made crime flics see this and see for yourself you wont be disappointed es

charvat
charvat

Dont get influenced by rubbish reviews and see it for yourself. Especially if u r into well produced and well made crime flics. Reminded me of donnie brasco. No movies like this those days

charvat
charvat

Dont get influenced by rubbish reviews and see it for yourself. Especially if u r into well produced and well made crime flics. Reminded me of donnie brasco. No movies like this those days

 

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