Time To Hunt (사냥의 시간)(2020)

dir. Sung-hyun Yoon. In a near future dystopian Korea, Jun-seok (Lee Je-hoon) is released from prison. Discovering his stash of money is spent, he convinces his friends to help him rob an illegal gambling house. An epic, incredibly suspenseful crime action thriller. It’s a clever idea to make the movie more about about the aftermath of the robbery, than the robbery itself. The film looks stunning, with the colours becoming more neon and lurid as the film progresses. The mysterious killer, ‘Han’ feels very inspired by Javier Bardem’s character in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2017). The film aspires to the epic nature of Michael Mann’s HEAT (1995), but is let down by some of the performances, and an unnecessary occasional voice-over. The dystopian setting provides some incredible abandoned building locations, very reminiscent of the 2013 video game ‘The Last of Us’, or the Will Smith film I AM LEGEND (2007). A great example of a film that would be much better in the cinema, than on a TV streaming service, the soundscape and visuals are extraordinary, clearly inspired by both BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017) and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015).

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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