“The Killer” from Netflix
“The Killer” is a 2023 South Korean action thriller film directed by Choi Jin-seok and starring Lee Jong-gi, Nana, Seo Ye-hwa, and Park Jin-young.
The film is about a killer who is ordered to eliminate the targets of a powerful criminal organization. However, he soon finds himself caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the organization’s leader.
Detailed summary of the film
The film opens with a man named Ah-gyu (Lee Jong-gi) waking up in a hospital with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He soon learns that he is a trained killer who has been working for a criminal organization known as “The Company.” The Company is led by a man named Jang Byuk-han (Park Jin-young), who is a ruthless and ambitious businessman.
Byuk-han orders Ah-gyu to eliminate his biggest rival, a man named Do-hyun (Jung Sung-hwa). However, Ah-gyu soon discovers that Do-hyun is not a bad person, and he starts to question his loyalty to The Company.
Ah-gyu also develops feelings for a woman named Yoon-hee (Nana), who is a member of The Company. Yoon-hee is also trapped in the organization, and she helps Ah-gyu try to escape.
As Ah-gyu gets closer to the truth about The Company, he becomes a target of Byuk-han’s wrath. Ah-gyu must use all of his skills to survive and protect Yoon-hee.
“The Killer” is a fast-paced and action-packed film with a dark and gritty tone. The film features some of the best action sequences of any Korean film in recent years, and Lee Jong-gi delivers a standout performance as the conflicted killer.
Critical reviews of the film
“The Killer is a relentlessly stylish and action-packed thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.” – Variety
“Lee Jong-gi delivers a career-best performance as the conflicted killer, and the film’s action sequences are some of the best in recent memory.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“The Killer is a must-see for fans of Korean action thrillers.” – Screen International
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