Reasons for 8.5 and not a 9.0?
1. As a drama fiend I find the standard movie length way too short . 2. I don't favor true crime stories.(prefer documentary) I've never re-watched a movie so that doesn't count ....So, an 8.5 is actually super high for me because I really can't see how anyone could go wrong watching this for an hour no matter what genre you like.
This is a read moregreat movie all on it's own, but if you like Legal, then you'll love this one. It's based on a true story. Which makes it even more riveting and touching. The cast is tops notch and the acting is stellar. The writing is very straightforward. This movie is not draggy or boring anywhere.
A young man is viciously and falsely accused and loses all hope in life after his sentence until a twist of fate in a lawyers life gives the wrongfully accused an opportunity for a new trial. Sounds simple. The movie is anything but. It shows the harsh reality of police, prosecutor and judicial system corruption. Your heart will bleed and teeth will clench. It takes you high with hope, then tramples you hard. The hero lawyer is not played in a dramatic showy way, he was very human a little jaded and down trodden but with a sense of justice that's still pure. I got a really good reminder toward the end, to be careful who I let my guard down with. People you think you know well will gut you without even a good blink.
It's a good ending in keeping of course with the real story.
What a movie !! Wow ..well made and very well acted
Don't think it's melodramatic and depressing ..this is actually quite interesting
Gripping screenplay ..I was eager to see what happens next
The fact that it's a real story ..makes it even more great
Kang ha Neul ..amazing ..he literally lived the character
Deserves huge applause ..been watching his work from sometime ..he came a long way
A must watch !!
I read moretotally recommend !!
Frick-an-Frack this movie had my pulse and chi unsettled long after it ended. I've watch many a kdrama involving corrupt detectives and thought ok this is for drama sake. This true story really put a startling light on the corruption that lawless-cops can perpetrate on an innocent person. Here in the state cover up occurs too, but I feel the "human rights" voice is stronger and more easily listen to than it seem to be in Korea. It took a courageous and fiercely tenacious lawyer to listen to the voice of a beaten down forlorn whisper, yelling help for 16 years.
Park Joon Yeong the real attorney is a true hero and should be a national-judiciary creed for all of korea's justice system, all countries for that matter.
KANG HA NEUL and Jung Woo gave us a splendid performance, illuminating thespianship, their telling gave homage to the pain, frustration and perseverance that was the real life of Jo Hyeon-Woo. I would bet my eye teeth that he didn't receive adequate compensatory justice.
Highly entertaining and terrific acting. I wasn't looking forward to watching it because I was afraid it would just be another melo, overwrought, speechifying type movie. Or that it would be just violent and depressing. Instead, it is quite an uplifting movie, without being schmaltzy, and well worth the 2 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire thing. I felt like I had to watch it with this cast and they definitely did not disappoint. The beautiful cinematography was evenly paired with the wonderful casting and all of it draws you into this world and time so you feel like you are there in the story with them. I love when movies do this. It's just like reading a good book. 9/10 for the above and (look up the articles on this attorney's cases) for introducing the world to this superman of a lawyer who, despite his own avowals of being an unholy man, professes that: "I want to know that compassion and justice are alive. I think the people want to know that, too,”