ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – L – The Beast (2019) Movie Review

This is under L because of star Lee Sung-min.

Director: Jung-Ho Lee

Writer: Jung-Ho Lee, Dominique Loiseau (Screenplay)

Starring: Lee Sung-min, Yoo Jae-myung, Daniel Choi, Kim Dae-Gon, Hye-jin Jeon, Jo-jung Kim

Plot: A criminal action movie about two detectives in conflict who solve a murder that shakes up the Korean peninsula.

Runtime: 2 Hours 11 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Beast starts when detective Jeong Han Soo (Sung-min) starts leading an investigation into the murder of a teenage girl with his young partner Jong Chan (Choi) as the pair make the discovery about who is behind it, using their connections.

Han Soo’s rival detective Han Min-tae (Jae-myung) questions how they have conducted the investigation, which will see the lives spiral out of control, as they look to clean up any loose ends and bring down the killer.

Thoughts on The Beast

ThoughtsThe Beast is a crime thriller diving into an investigation into a murder from a serial killer that will see detectives needing to cross the lines to get answers for. The story does have intense, as we see how Han Soo is trying to cover up his trail, while doing the right thing on the morale thing, he doesn’t follow the legal side of things. We are hidden from see the graphic nature of the crimes, leaving it to our imagines, which is even more disturbing. Where the story can lose the intensity of hunting the serial killer, is by diving into the drug lord side of things, which will make things a lot more complicated than it needs to be. The performances in the film are great, showing the slow descent Han Soo is going through. This is a crime film that will test the limits of the detectives will need to go.

Final Thoughts The Beast is an intense thriller that doesn’t stop with the disturbing nature behind everything.

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