2013 [KOREAN]

Action / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 40%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 58%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 2861

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Ye-ri Han as Lee Hye-in
1.01 GB
Korean 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 52 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by drjgardner 7 / 10

South Korean action film

Commitment is a spy drama that takes place during the change of guard in North Korea where forces in the North are jockeying with forces in the South. Into this struggle, the son of a murdered spy is recruited to go to South Korea as an assassin, his reward being that upon the successful completion of his mission he will be reunited with his sister.

The acting is uniformly good, especially from Seung Hyun Choi as the spy, Ye-ri Han as the girl he meets, and Park Ji-Il as the South Korean agent who hunts him down. Most of these actors will be unfamiliar to U.S. audiences.

In recent years Korean films have been able to master the art of action sequences - "OldBoy" (2003), "The Chaser" (2008), "Bittersweet Life" (2005), "The Man from Nowhere" (2010). The current film does well, but at the heart of an action film one must believe that the hero is capable of performing the feats ascribed to him. In this case, it's only partially true. Neither by dint of his own physicality, nor the back story, are we able to believe that Seung Hyun Choi is capable of the martial arts skills he displays. In fairness to Choi , he does do OK, so it's not a question of disbelief, but neither is there an unquestioning acceptance.

Apart from some good action sequences, the film is an interesting travelogue about life in South Korea, as well as a look at police work in that Country.

Reviewed by ajit2106 7 / 10

A tense espionage action thriller.

Commitment is a tense thriller, mixed together with the young espionage and love story.

Myung-hoon (Seung Hyun Choi) is the son of a North Korean spy who has been killed on the job in South Korea. Myung-hoon and his younger sister are trapped in the North Korean camp and will get the freedom only if he becomes a spy himself. He is now trained and has been sent to a South Korean school as a high school student. He befriends a girl in his class who is being bullied by a group of students. After all He understands that his own country is trying to eliminate him and now he has to save his sister and new friend as a commitment. He is committed to protect his sister and friend even at the cost of his life.

Seung Hyun Choi delivers an exceptional performance with gritty facial expressions and body language. His character remains as powerful as it is writing for him.

We see guns, explosions, martial arts and good action sequences laced with a fantastic espionage genre. However, the love story seems a bit clichéd but it has been managed with somewhat skill as it never goes over the top.

The dirty political between North and South Korea, introduces the plot but has been left aside midway, you may feel the requirement of some more implications.

In a nutshell, it is a real treat for Asian action thrillers, this is a definite must see film. You will enjoy the quick and perfect action sequences.

My Vote 7.2/10

Reviewed by MitchellKGetz 9 / 10

Well-Written, Sharp Action with Subtle Heart

Fans of well-written stories and interesting spy/espionage films (similar in nature to the Bourne Trilogy) coupled with competent, convincing acting, smart direction, and sharp (but not dizzying) action editing should really appreciate this film.

The character development unfolds in a manner that draws the viewer close enough to care for the 19 year-old North Korean spy (brilliantly played by Seung Hyun Choi) as well as several other characters who convincingly convey deep emotions with economical use of dialogue, non-verbal expression, and relatively limited screen time.

The action film includes a balancing dose of drama by placing an equal emphasis upon character development; and, the story also gives the talented actors an opportunity to emote some cultural insight related to the feelings and hardships associated with the political division of a culturally homogeneous North and South Korea. I look forward to future films written by Kim Soo-young, directed by Hong-soo Park as well as films that include the young, talented actor Seung Hyun Choi.

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