CARTER (2022) Reviews of Korean ‘single-take’ action thriller on Netflix

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‘No memory. One mission’
Carter is a 2022 South Korean action thriller about a man with no memory who is on a dangerous mission with a bomb planted in his mouth. The movie appears to be presented in one single-take in real-time with non-stop action…

Directed by Byung-gil Jung (Villainess; Confession of Murder; documentary: Action Boys) from a screenplay written with Byeong-sik Jung.

The Apeitda Production movie stars Joo Won, Sung-Jae Lee, Jeong Sori and Kim Bo-Min.

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Plot:
A man with no memory… Has only one mission. Thrown straight into a dangerous mission with none of his memories intact, a man must escape death while trying to figure out who he is, how he ended up here, and who is the mysterious voice in his ear calling him “Carter”?

Reviews:
“The film-making on display is so egregiously bad that it’s not even funny. It genuinely feels like a rough edit of the film, masquerading as the final product, has been uploaded to the streaming platform. There’s not a single instance where Jung Byung-gil tries to hide any of the “invisible” cuts in Carter.” Digital Mafia Talkies

” …even though Carter comes across as an interesting experiment in how to push cinematic storytelling, the more one thinks about the specifics in the timeline, the more the thread unravels into baffling lunacy […] as the audience learns specific truths, at least what Carter himself understands to be the truth, aspects of the grounding elements of the narrative fall apart…” 2.5 out of 5, Elements of Madness

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” …calling Carter a parody of a single-take action sequence-heavy film would be a gross misconception because a parody, by its definition, is a tongue-in-cheek endeavor. It is the complete opposite of the film’s sincerity in appearing as a serious and cool action movie but failing miserably, not because of the low-budget CGI, but because ambition trumped competency and style completely brushed over the substance.” Film Fugitives

“It moves at a fast tempo, very fast indeed, almost in line with the speed of a video game, with spectacular sequences, chases, bing bang boom scenes… Could we ask for more of a thriller action movie? It is not like Carter is the movie that first came up with this approach in the genre, but it definitely does know how to play with the various aspects, and offers us an excellent piece of entertainment.” Martin Cid Magazine

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“Overall this is a movie that has a high entertainment value if you like the style of action as I said before and you are OK with a bit of repetitive actions and ready for graphic violence (movie was classified for 18+ by Netflix, rightfully so) […] But if you do not like such gruesome violence, or prefer good story and conventional type of action sequence, then this is definitely not for you.” Mike’s Movie Moments

” …an exhausting, unwavering maelstrom of ambitious yet somehow derivative fist fights, shoot-outs, car chases and plane crashes, all shot with nauseating, nitrous-fuelled drones that appear caught in a perpetual tailspin. As a result, much of the action feels weightless and simulated, even when propped up by Won’s insanely physical performance.” South China Morning Post

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