BADLAND HUNTERS – “Offers plenty of stylized action to keep the momentum at a fever pitch”

Badland Hunters Don Lee as Nam San in Badland Hunters Cr. Cha Min-jung/Netflix © 2024

RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Heo Myung-haeng (Directorial Debut)

MAIN CAST

Ma Dong-seok as Nam-san
Lee Hee-joon as Yang Gi-su
Lee Jun-young as Choi ji-wan
Roh Jeong-eui as Suna

SYNOPSIS

Is a sequel of Concrete Utopia (2023)

When an earthquake turns Seoul into a lawless badland, Nam San, a fearless huntsman, goes on to rescue a teenager from Yang Gi-su, a mad doctor, who held the teenager captive in a camp full of dangerous cultists.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Anarchic and excessive, Badland Hunters offers plenty of stylized action to keep the momentum at a fever pitch. The key to enjoying this film is simple: embrace the absurdity (the “are you kidding me?” moments kick in right from the start). Luckily, there’s enough narrative intrigue to keep use interested between all the combat sequences. And, let me tell you, there’s a lot of them. The good news is that they are all executed with immense skill. The close-quarters hand-to-hand fights truly are something to behold, as are the wasteland visual effects. There is a believable grittiness to the mass destruction on display. The cast also came to have fun, with Ma Dong-seok especially giving an unyielding performance. And yes, the film is in Korean, and no, you should not turn on the English dubbing. Just let the subtitles flow along with the unrelenting action extravagance!

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