Carter – Movie Review
Director: Byung-gil Jung
Writer: Byeong-sik Jung, Byung-gil Jung (Screenplay)
- Joo Won (Sweet Sixteen)
- Sung-Jae Lee
- Jung Jae-young
- Jung Hae-kyun
- Camilla Belle (10,000 BC)
Plot: Thrown straight into a dangerous mission with none of his memories intact, a man must escape death while trying to figure out who he is, how he ended up here, and who is the mysterious voice in his ear calling him “Carter”?
Runtime: 2 Hours 12 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Carter starts as a specialist team discovers a blooded Carter (Won) in a hotel room, only he has no memory. With a mysterious phone call, Carter is guided out of the room, before finding himself fighting off multiply enemies to escape.
The caller orders Carter to follow her instructions or she will detonate a bomb inside his head. Carter has one mission, save the daughter of Dr Jung Byung-ho (Jae-young). The man who has been working on a cure to a devastating virus that only one person to ever recover from it.
Verdict on Carter
Carter wakes up with no memories surrounded by operatives holding guns. He is given instructions on how to escape, sending him on a deadly mission. Carter uses his skills as an agent to escape and overcome the odds to rescue the daughter of a scientist. He fights for everything he faces, showing amazing combat skills and a determination to survive and save his own daughter.
Ha-na is the daughter of Dr Byung-ho that has been captured. She is rescued by Carter as she has a cure for the deadly virus that has been released.
The mystery voice is guiding Carter through each situation. She is trying to lead them to safety, solving the problems Carter comes up against.
Along the journey we get to meet a host of characters that are trying to find Ha-na, each one offers a different deadly battle Carter face. They all have a different motivation for wanting Ha-na, in a deadly game to stay ahead.
Joo Won is brilliant in the leading role. He goes through an amazing amount of punishment to get through the journey. The combat, chase and flying sequences are outstanding.
The supporting cast brings us a string of different enemies or allies along the way. They offer different obstacles for Carter to overcome. With the performances making the most of the eccentric figures in this world.
The story follows an agent with no memory being guided in a rescue attempt of a young girl who could be the only cure for a deadly virus. This takes the agent on a non-stop journey against seemingly endless enemies to complete the mission.
Remarkably, this story is shot in a single-take format, giving us a real-time effect of the story. Even a flashback feels like a natural flow in the story. The story itself is a twist-filled story that constantly leaves you wondering who you can trust in the story.
The race to stop a serious deadly virus from spreading adds plenty to the story, as the race to do the right thing is everything for humanity’s survival.
Carter is an all-out action thriller that uses the single-take concept to take the action to new levels. What could be just gun fights, chases and combat aren’t all we get. There is a plane incident, massive set pieces. This is a style of action that never holds back and all you can do is praise the amazing stunts team for this movie.
Where to Watch: Carter is available on Netflix.
Final Thoughts – Carter is a breathtakingly remarkable action movie.