Director: Byung-gil Jung
Screenplay by: Byeong-sik Jung, Byung-gil Jung
Starring: Joo Won, Kim Bo-Min, Sung-Jae Lee and Mike Colter
Tagline: No Memory, One Mission
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
A man wakes up in a hotel room with no memory of who he is or how he got there. A voice in his head tells him his name is Carter, a transmitter only he can hear is in his ear, a bomb has been implanted in his head and his mission is to rescue a young girl whose blood is the key to a cure to a virus quickly spreading around the world. With that we’re off and running.
Carter is an all out action film with a small mix of sci-fi and a touch of zombies. The movie takes place in real time and features over the top stunts and seldom slows down. This is the film’s greatest strength and perhaps biggest weakness. The fight scenes are so over-the-top we quickly understand that Carter is going to be able to take out dozens of attackers without so much as a scratch.
Normally this would be a turn-off, but the fight scenes take place in unique situations (outside of a building stories above the street, on motorcycles, in three side-by-side vans speeding down crowded streets, falling from an airplane without a parachute while engaging in a gun battle to get a chute, on a train, on a helicopter, from a truck to motorcycles, etc.) that it is easy to suspend disbelief.
I really enjoyed Carter, but was in the right frame of mind for an all out action film. I hope we get a sequel.
Carter earns 4 of 5 stars.