The star of a violent new action movie on Netflix is called the “Korean John Wick”
Netflix’s new big-budget action flick may have had mixed reviews so far, but one aspect of the film that fans can apparently agree on is how similar it is to John Wick.
The action-thriller was released on August 5 for global audiences, with many viewers streaming it thanks to the newfound popularity of Korean dramas.
Jo Won takes on the lead role as the tough but reluctant hero in Cartera bit like (in the opinion of many) a certain John Wick.
With Keanu Reeves as the aforementioned Wick, the film series has become a cult classic, ever since the first title was released in 2014.
Since then, three more John Wick films have been made, while two more are already in the works.
Given its blockbuster formula, it’s no surprise that other films have taken inspiration from the gritty action-thriller.
Which makes Carter unique, however, is the way it is shot and directed by the famous Jung Byung-gil – who has also led projects like The Nasty and Murder confession.
The combat cinematography is pretty incredible throughout. Gives me Korean John Wick vibes.
— 𝕄𝕠𝕤𝕙𝕦 (@DaMoshu) August 8, 2022
You know the fake one-take action sequences in THE VILLAINESS? This director made a 139-minute movie that’s just a fake long action scene called CARTER that’s now on Netflix: an absurd fever dream of violence and impossible camerawork that you’ll either hate or be fascinated with. pic.twitter.com/qoB2KzqFPw
— Justin Decloux (@DeclouxJ) August 5, 2022
As The Verge described it in a recent review, it’s a “compelling, elegantly edited Carterwhere its action sequences are all woven together to give the film a unique effect”.
“There are great aerial views of rooftop fights and stunt escapes, alongside tingling continues through dimly lit cavernous rooms – against an increasingly familiar backdrop of the tension between North and South Korea.
“What Carter sets out to accomplish in action, choreography and scenography, he succeeds with great aplomb,” they add.
As you can imagine, some viewers were quick to notice the John Wick influence from the start and took to social media to highlight it.
While the cinematography is clearly very catchy for viewers, the film as a whole received mixed reviews.
Available to the public since the end of last week, Carter currently has a 5.1 rating on IMDBby more than 2,200 evaluators.
It’s a similar story on rotten tomatoeswhere viewership is only 51%, while critics deemed it worthy of a 36% rating.
For some Twitter users, the experimental camera work was actually to the detriment of the film.
that carter movie on Netflix: good fight scenes, poor visual effects and camera movement. they spent most of their budget on cars and extra people to kill; this guy fought like 120 people and there’s still an hour left in the movie.
— Moussa (@_MusaFidel) August 8, 2022
The plot of the film, meanwhile, seems to integrate real-world events, such as a pandemic, as well as escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea are both central to its overall story.
“Two months into a deadly pandemic originating in the DMZ that devastated the United States and North Korea, ‘Carter’ wakes up, with no memory of his past,” Carter’s the summary reads.
“In his head is a mysterious device, and in his mouth is a deadly bomb. A strange voice in his ears gives him orders. The bomb can explode at any moment – unless he saves the girl who is the only antidote to the virus. But the CIA and a North Korean coup are hot on its heels.”
Whereas Carter may not end up being as successful as John Wick, appetite for Korean drama from around the world is not should be affected by the success or failure of this title.