September 29, 2017

R: August 25th, 2017 | R: 129 minutes | R: NR

The Villainess is the story of Sook-hee (Played by Ok-bin Kim). Ever since she was a young child she was raised to be a deadly assassin. When she finds an opportunity to enter a new life, escaping the assassin life she takes it. Doing so she begins working for South Korea's Intelligence Agency, as a sleeper agent and after ten years of service she will grant complete freedom. But all this changes when she meets Hyun-soo (played by Jun Sung), a handsome, young man. He seems to be living the life that she wants to be in. But slowly he begins to distract her from her gain freedom once again.

So this film is like a mix between a hard core action film and a cute romantic film. And I have to admit it balances those two genres flawlessly. To start with the action, it was insane. At moments it has action scenes that are POV style, like 2015’s “Hardcore Henry” and they were brutal. But at other points the action was filmed like 2014’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “John Wick”. And the fight scenes were amazing, beautifully choreographed and the way it was shot was not just stylish, but easy to tell what was going on unlike films like “Taken 2” or “Transformers”. It was also insanely bloody and was hard to judge whether the blood was practical or visual effects. There was an insane motorcycle fight, probably the best one I have seen in years. And on the other hand, The romantic elements were very well done. Although the relationship did seem to move fast, I really believed that it would happen. It felt really well done.

Story wise, the film did have some very deep moments. But during the flashback scenes to Sook-hee’s childhood, it did get very confusing and lost me at points. Now the shot transitions were surprisingly very creative. Director Byung-gil Jung was able to find very innovative ways to transition from scene to scene. But where the director failed was leading the actors in good performances to make conveying characters. The characters were very hard to attach to and hurt the film and story.

Over all “The Villainess” was an alright movie with amazing action and a decent love story. The acting performances really did negatively affect the film, but the action is to the level of 2011’s “The Raid”. It was really insane. I am not going to recommend this film to many people, but if you are interested in seeing a few brilliant action scenes and that is worth the ticket price for you, I think you should check it out. But otherwise, I would just recommend just checking it out on RedBox or VOD.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Cabell Cabell (Contributor) is a filmmaker from Tampa, Florida. He will watch just about any film but when he's not reviewing the latest hits he spends time directing films of his own.
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