OUT NOW / CERT 15 / 108 MINS DIRECTOR John H. Lee CAST Liam Neeson, Lee Jung-jae, Lee Beom-su
THE COVERT MISSION of this Korean war drama’s title was an ingenious move by UN General Douglas Macarthur. “Ingenious”, though, is not a word that could be used to describe the risible dialogue Neeson has been given to portray the man, which even his solemn gravitas cannot save. Fortunately, Neeson actually gets far less screen time than his billing might suggest, with the focus instead being on the South Korean spies (lead by the brilliant Lee Jung-jae) who’ve been dispatched to gather intelligence. Their journey is bloody, brutal and exciting enough to almost make you forget soliloquies like, “A long time ago, I promised myself I would live as though I expected to live forever.” Almost.