Starring: Kang Soo-youn, Kim Hyun-joo, and Ryu Kyung-Soo.
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Netflix’s latest Korean import, Jung_E, is nothing groundbreaking, but if you’re looking for a quick (90ish minutes), sci-fi actioner, it’ll give you a good enough fix to last until summer blockbuster season. It has all the tropes you’d expect from a movie about clones and A.I., feeling reminiscent of everything from I, Robot to Edge of Tomorrow, and the special effects have a video game quality that somehow works. The English dubbing is among one of Netflix’s better attempts too. All in all, it’s not the best thing ever, but it’s better than watching some random old movie on TBS for the umpteenth time.
Aspects of Jung_E may feel familiar, and for good reason, since it isn’t exactly presenting new ideas. Still, it’s a solid watch. It tries to address similar concerns about artificial intelligence as previous films, but it does illustrate those concerns a bit differently. Along with that, Jung_E also boasts some fun visuals and fantastic fight choreography, but more importantly, it tells a compelling story in a fleshed-out world. Very little in this film is likely to astound you, but it will leave you entertained and maybe even reflective on the moral issues regarding A.I.