SEOBOK (2020) Reviews of human clone sci-fi action thriller

 

Seobok is a 2020 South Korean science-fiction action feature film about a former intelligence agent who gets involved with the first human clone.

Written and directed by Yong-Joo Lee, the movie stars Yoo Gong, Bo-Gum Park, Young-nam Jang, Woo-jin Jo and Andreas Fronk.

Plot:

Gi Heon (Gong Yoo) is an ex-agent of the intelligence agency, and Seo Bok (Park Bo-gum) is the first human clone created through stem cell cloning and genetic engineering. He possesses the secret for eternal life. They get entangled in dangerous situations as several forces want to take control of Seo Bok…

Reviews:

“The biggest strengths in Seobok are its action sequences, its pretty good special effects, heartfelt narrative, and last but not least, Gong Yoo and Park Bo-gum’s killer chemistry. There’s frankly not enough action, but what’s there is bonkers.” Adam Putra

“Some will undoubtedly find its placid style of production at odds with what a sci-fi flick should be and begrudge its scarcely placed moments of fleeting, albeit unabating, action. Those wishing for a breathless piece of cinema will seldom find much to sink their teeth into here, but could conceivably find a level of intrigue in Lee’s ambitious attempts to dig deeper into morality…” Asian Movie Pulse

“In true Korean cinema tradition, behind all its expensive-looking sci-fi special effects of the fancy hi-tech laboratory facilities as well as the violent displays of Seo Bok’s powerful telekinetic abilities, Seobok is a thought-provoking personal and philosophical drama at heart. Hammy supporting actors aside, the film was carried by the magnetic performances of its two charismatic lead stars, making that concluding moment one of sheer poignance.” Fred Hawson

” …violent double-crosses, as well as some funny, figurative dick-swinging contests between the narcissistic men who want to continue playing God, no matter the consequences […] Seobok is an impressive feat – existential science-fiction wrapped up in a blockbuster package. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” Screen Anarchy

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” …Korean sci-fi thriller that plays like a rambling, quasi-philosophical road movie. Despite having all the elements of a hi-tech thrill ride, Seobok falls well wide of the mark – not even its superstar pairing of heartthrobs Gong and Park can save it. Director Lee Yong-joo does set the stage for some breathless, cerebral cinema, but it just never materialises.” South China Morning Post

Release:

Seo Bok was released in South Korea on December 2nd, 2020. It has screened at various film festivals internationally such as Fantasia in August 2021.

Cast and characters:

Yoo Gong … Ki Heon
Bo-Gum Park … Seo Bok
Young-nam Jang
Woo-jin Jo … Chief Ahn
Andreas Fronk … Mercenary

Original title:

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Trailer:

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