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  • Summary: The story of a modern-day pirate planning a massive attack on North and South Korea.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Ambitious and impressive, both in its provocative themes and superb production design using striking sets and locations in Korea, Russia and Thailand, this handsome epic amply rewards audiences willing to go the distance.
  2. 70
    Eventually develops into a pleasantly bombastic Bond-style adventure.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    The action come fast and thick, and the sentimentality reaches near-operatic proportions.
  4. 50
    This may be the biggest production in Korean-film history, but viewers should search elsewhere for a better sampling of what the country has to offer.
  5. 50
    The movie is executed by director Kwak Kyung-Taek with flair, technical polish and tumescent firepower that the shriveled cinemas of Hong Kong and Japan can no longer match. But every gesture feels synthetic, from the back story about North-South separation to massage the emotions of the home audience, to the 24-style globe-hopping nuclear-terrorism premise.
  6. An exhausting combination of generic thriller, political tract and sentimental weepie.
  7. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    20
    A cheap-looking action movie that sabotages itself at almost every turn.

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