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 The Childe
review by Bobby Blakey

Director Park Hoon-jung took audiences on an action-packed ride with some hints of the supernatural with The Witch: Parts 1 and 2. Now he is taking the action in a new direction for the film The Childe starring Kim Seon-ho in his feature film debut, Kim Kang-woo, Go Ara, and newcomer Kang Tae-ju. Could this film bring more of the crazy action to the story, or will it fail to make the transfer?

The Childe follows an amateur boxer who searches for the wealthy estranged father he’s never met in a desperate attempt to secure funds for his mother’s surgery. After a lead takes him from the Philippines to Korea, he is relentlessly pursued by a quirky yet highly dangerous man. As additional entities join in his pursuit and cause chaos, he will be forced to confront a shocking truth that may cost him his life.

I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but this film offered up way more layers than I expected. The film wastes no time diving right into the chaotic action with great sequence that introduces the craziest and most unique character in the film. From there the film is a bit all over the place as it sets up the events that unfold, bringing elements of action, drama, mystery and everything in between. It doesn’t always work with uneven direction, but more often than not the action brings it back on track.

Once the action gets started it is fast and furious, quite literally with numerous car chases that are well executed. These coupled with some great foot chases and realistic fight sequences it steps its gang up as a great action film. The interesting

elements of its direction and lack of an unstoppable hero lends itself to more realistic moments and the feeling of consequences as opposed to the usual action faire. It is fast paced and chaotic from start to finish and ended up being pretty dang good despite some minor issues.

Decide for yourself and check out The Childe available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA.

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