‘Carter’ Film Review: A Hindi remake of the South Korean film has been made. Sometimes good and sometimes very bad. In Korean movies, the story may not be as good, the production style is very different, especially in action movies. Be it Old Boy or Train to Busan, Korean films have a special reason for action, it’s not just the hero screwing up everyone. As the story outlines, the action becomes a part of the story.
There is innovation in this action. Not only new types of stunts, but also new techniques used to film them with new types of cameras. The recently released South Korean film “Carter” on Netflix, uses drones and chroma screens for action as well as amazing visual effects. This nearly two and a half hour film is heaven for those who love action films. Martial arts are shot in full 360 degrees with the help of drone cameras, so that the action reaches the hearts of those watching. If you are a fan of nonstop action movies, don’t miss watching Carter.
Carter’s story is a bit confusing. Carter is actually Michael Benn, a missing CIA agent who was presumed dead during a mission in Syria. When Carter wakes up in a hotel in the South Korean capital of Seoul, he can’t remember anything, but he hears a girl’s voice in his ear telling him to find Doctor Jung. Carter doesn’t remember anything. Gradually he realizes that a terrible virus has killed millions of people in America and South Korea and Doctor Jung has a cure for that virus because Doctor Jung used that antivirus on his daughter and she was fine.
Carter faced many obstacles in his path, including the South Korean government, the CIA, and North Korea. Carter somehow manages to save Doctor Jung’s daughter, and when he takes her to her destination, a fit transmitter is removed from her brain, restoring her memories. Then he learns that his daughter is also infected with this dangerous virus and to save her life he has to find Doctor Jung and get antivirus. He then has a fight with a North Korean general who is actually abusing Carter. After a fierce fight, Carter boarded a train to China with his wife, his daughter, Dr. Jung, and their daughter. As Carter breathes a sigh of relief after killing all his enemies in the final battle, the bridge ahead collapses and the train falls into it.
Carter is played by Joo Won. He has sweated for hours in preparation for this role. Before this, he has not acted in any role in such an action film. He got a lot of fame and many awards for his role in a television series called Good Doctor. Carter is a completely different role for him. It required him to be constantly engaged in work and to prepare himself physically and mentally for it. Joo has played a wonderful role. Such full action puts Carter in the category of films like Kill Bill.
Blood spilled like water, even as Carter washed away at least five dozen martial artists in a bathhouse, breaking someone’s head, breaking someone’s arm, and cutting his neck with a laughing knife. Action is the specialty of this film and this action is shown with a purpose. Since Carter is a fighter and specially trained by the CIA, his modus operandi is very different. Some of the action sequences look just like video games. At many places, the action overshadows the story and hence the viewer wants to take a breather for a while but still the action never ends.
The train and helicopter chase sequences in the climax are amazingly shot. It does not use computer graphics, so these stunts become more dangerous. All the stunts, from fighting without weapons to taking aim at a target sitting ten meters away with a sniper rifle, are all shot with a drone camera, so if you watch this film on a big television, your head might start spinning.
This kind of action is rarely seen, so special kudos to Bornstant and Andreas Fronk for putting the story and spirit of this film into full action. In short corridors, especially in battle, Xu performed stunts beyond his physical capabilities. Her getup is also such that she looks comfortable in these scenes. The constant action can tire the audience because when Carter’s memories come back, the pace of the story suddenly slows down but until then the constant action is a tough task to watch.
There is violence in Carter’s story and there is only violence in the story but everything is done to justify the violence. The zoo action makes the film watchable and a must watch if you enjoy action films.
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First Published: August 17, 2022, 21:10 IST