Film Review: “Hunt” (2022)

L to R: Lee Jung Jae and Jung Woo Sung in HUNT, Photo courtesy of Mongrel Media
L to R: Lee Jung Jae and Jung Woo Sung in HUNT, Photo courtesy of Mongrel Media

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Spy thrillers are real gems of the cinematic universe that can captivate our attention with their complex storyline. We like to watch how intelligence agencies try to uncover a plot or a carefully planned assassination of a high-ranking individual. That’s why it is never easy to tell it on the big screen so that it can play a larger-than-life role.

The movie is set in the 1980s during North and South Korea’s conflict, where patience is almost over. When an attempt to kill South Korean President Chu Doo-hwan is made, the KCIA Foreign Unit and Domestic Unit are assigned to investigate the matter and find out who is the mole within their departments that leaked the President’s itinerary. Park and Kim are very determined to uncover the betrayal and find the spy before the President’s next trip. Two men will face each other, fearless and uncompromising. The pride and the dignity of their department are everything to them. But how far will they go when the boundaries set are broken, and there is no turning back?

Directed by Lee Jung-jae, the film marks his first directorial debut with an excellent spy thriller that will take your breath away. Lee Jung-jae stars as the head of KCIA Foreign Unit and Jung Woo-sung as an agent and head of the Domestic Unit is almost like a face-off between Travolta and Cage, two high-caliber actors that must go against one another for the sake of their country. Script and direction are flawless as the pace of the film perfectly lives up to what the title of the film says – hunt and quiet hunting. It offers an adrenaline-charged atmosphere where you will be mesmerized by the story itself and how well it is executed from start to finish.

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