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  • Summary: This is a story about three million soldiers who fought in the war, not remembering the reason anymore, and died wishing for the end of it. In February 1951, in Korea, while the armistice negotiation still faces difficulties, the battle continues in the Eastern front line, on the Aero.K. A company commander of the South Korean army dies in battle, and the bullet found in his body belongs to the South Korean army. Lieutenant of the Defense Security Command Kang Eun-pyo is sent to the Eastern front line to investigate if this is related to any collusion with the enemy. (Will Go USA Entertainment) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 18, 2012
    This strong, assured Band of Brothers-style drama from director Jang Hun makes universal points about bonding, misery, loyalty, and the senselessness of war through a portfolio of soldiers.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 18, 2012
    The action in The Front Line is bloody and tense, but the movie also reduces war to its simplest terms, defining it in terms of the reluctant soldiers who know that only accidents of birth and location determined which side of the battlefield they inhabit.
  3. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jan 20, 2012
    As North Korea undergoes a highly publicized change of leadership, The Front Line proves timely. In fact, one of the movie's army commanders looks like the north's new baby dictator, Kim Jong-un.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 19, 2012
    A movie that reserves its final sickening wallop for a grueling half-hour that leaves you as emotionally battered as the soldiers are forced to return to hell for one last senseless round.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Jan 20, 2012
    Jang and screenwriter Park Sang-yeon recognize the situation's senselessness but can't resist ramping up the melodrama and celebrating the heroism of the battle-fatigued soldiers. These contradictory impulses, combined with the film's undercooked characters, make The Front Line a war movie not quite worth engaging.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Jan 17, 2012
    Both brutal and sentimental, this Oscar-submitted Korean war drama offers up rusty tropes as telling ironies.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jan 17, 2012
    A huge hit in its native country, Hun Jang's epic doesn't lack for spectacle or incident: In addition to its war-what-is-it-good-for? moralizing, it also piles on bloody battle scenes, subplots involving a sniper and a supply chest, and a nihilistic last-minute twist. What you don't get is the sense that this pumped-up combat-fatigue chronicle is pandering-or, for that matter, particularly original.

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