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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.

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