Feb 3, 2009


John Q sympathy plot. How far would you go? scenario but not as effective in parts as to blame the horrendous butchering of the Korean language committed by Yoo Hae-jin. The only compassion this film plays towards us, the wonderful cultured audience, are the many twists & turns along the way. A battle of social identities scourge throughout the film broadening the canals of thriller films accepting an upkeep of suspense. Korean films always look good, this fact is present and accounted for. While looking like a trapper keeper, few Korean films lose their way amongst hits such as A Bittersweet Life, Save the Green Planet!, and Friend. Truck acquires a target audience with a momentous build-up and a depressing lack-luster ending.

A blue-collar truck driver's daughter is dying of the same heart condition that took the life of her mother. In order to raise $60,000, he agrees to drive a truck bed full of corpses to dump them. Doing this sounds like an easy enough job, that is until he picks up a wounded police officer chasing after a demented serial killer. Come to find out, the cop is actually the killer and the two archetypes representing certain alignments escalates to a superbly crafted tale of mind games. Then of course, the ending pretty much sacrifices all integrity for a Pan-Asian staple in dramas by including a final shot of a family on the beach. Those tricky bastards.

Truck has a cheerful disposition towards violence, more concerning a dormant expressive type, aided by the sight of persuasive corpses. Serial slaughterer Kim's furious rusty blade slices arteries in his own quest for an extension of life. The overall film feels like John Q. meets Michael Mann's Collateral but the finalized product isn't as dramatic and sensationalized as these American contemporary dramas. The viewpoint of violence is of a rather noble one. Cheol-min becomes of which he is disgusted by due to a slight malfunction in defense. After accidentally killing a young male, he turns into some what of a beast as scoped in Straw Dogs. Truck merely exists as a bland thriller for some quick box office success and would do starkly well in the land of opportunity if it decided to be optioned for an American remake.

Truck is a rather disappointing film that starts off promising. The beginning is the precise definition of a suspense film with remarkably shot footage of human humility. In search of something a bit more, Truck loses its way to serial killer norms and spades of clichés. The death of a film is something to sympathize over but Truck still manages to be an obscure experiment in the deterioration of a film from within. So far, Truck is near impossible to find out information on and doesn't even have an IMDb page. Perhaps that's for the best. This would be worth a rental if it happens to pick up a distributor. I can envision Magnet picking this one up.


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