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Movie Review: Carter, Director: Jung Byung-gil, 2022

Since the Squid Games we have been under a flood of South Korean works that should recreate the huge success for Netflix. Carter is a mix of different genres, zombies, espionage, suspense, science fiction and as many as you can choose. This is a movie that has a huge difference between the quality of the action and the basic logic that guides it and the plot.

It starts off great, Carter is a secret agent who lost his memory and had a chip implanted in his brain through which a voice tells him what to do. We have seen it in many movies and here it comes to perfection. From that moment on, we get to know a secret agent with superpowers, who can fly planes, fight without weapons, and skillfully shoot hundreds of enemies. It reaches a ridiculous level when hundreds of enemies’s attack Carter and he cuts them down in brutal ways that make John Wick a movie for the whole family.

The camera angles are excellent, the action is brutal, and the blood splattered everywhere looks so real. The budget flowed like water for the production, because cars, motorcycles and helicopters are all destroyed in huge explosions on the screen. It's a shame he didn't make it to the cinema, where his real place is on a giant screen. After realizing that this is a spy movie in the style of Mission Impossible, it reverses at breakneck speed and changes the picture.

It turns into a zombie movie and reveals to us that Carter's mission is to bring a girl whose blood has antibodies to a raging plague, so that doctors in North Korea can find a cure. It is not the center of the plot in the film and from here we diverge into many different plot lines, which make us lose the little logic that remains in Carter and our train of thought.

Towards the end, logic becomes absurd. If you throw it away you can enjoy a collection of terribly fun but very stupid scenes, like two people jumping out of a plane and shooting at each other from a few meters away and not being able to hit, or the ability to survive a burning train. Those who can leave rationality out of Carter's world will love what they see on screen.


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