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Midnight Runners (2017)

Directed by Kim Joo-hwan

Crime | Drama | Comedy

Most recently watched by sleestakk

Overview

Two apathetic police academy recruits who become best buddies through the tough training together witness a woman being abducted right before their very eyes. As they were taught in the academy, they quickly report the incident to the police, but the police are in no hurry to jump on the case. So the duo decide to take the matter into their own hands and rescue the woman.

Length 109 minutes

Actors

Park Ha-sun | DongIl Seong | Ha-neul Kang | Park Seo-joon | Go Joon | Bae Yoo-ram | Byeon Woo-seok | Cho joon | Lee ho-jeong

Viewing Notes

My theater currently has 3 Korean films screening right now. Figured I’d check out this one which had good ratings. It’s fine. Couple of new recruits in the academy witness an abduction while on a night out in town only to discover kidnapping ring that leads to even more sinister crimes.

The two leads are good but the action vs brains of the buddy cop team up never materializes. It’s just two recruits that are basically the same with the same interests and whatnot. Movie plays up the humor of this however and sometimes it works despite getting deadly serious when the crime ring unfolds. I don’t want to label as comedy but it tries so hard for half the film to be one then changes tone.

That these two guys have to break up the ring themselves is a odd thing to highlight the problems with process in the police force. I give it a half star bump for the post-credits stinger which affected me more than anything else in the film.

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