The Terror Live

The Terror Live (2013)

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Yoon Young Hwa is a former popular TV anchorman, but due to an unsavory incident, he works now as a radio show host. One day, a listener calls in to the radio program and states that "I will blow up the Mapodaegyo Bridge." At first, the call is taken as a joke, but soon they realize it is real. The incident is then broadcast live on TV for the next 90 minutes. read moreYoon Young Hwa believes this incident is his chance to get back to being an anchorman. The situation quickly turns worse.

  • Native title:

    더 테러 라이브
  • Also Known as:

    90 Minutes Of Terror; Deo Tereo Raibeu;

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Feb 13, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
If I have to describe the Terror Live in one sentence I would say: One room, an anchor, a terrorist, a live broadcast and lots of thrills.

I have been waiting for this ever since it first came out and I can say that I am quite satisfied. The story of this film is located in one room, the radio station, this may seem so little for a thriller to happen but read more I take that as a positive point because the non-diversity of locations forced the focus on the plot and dialogues instead which is a great thing. The Terror Live builds a great tension and thrilling moments that it may even feel suffocating in a good way.

The film starts out very fast without the meaningless time-filler introductions; it was engaging ever since the first minutes and it kept drawing the attention until the very end. This film doesn’t contain any dull moment and you can never think that it became boring because the order of displaying events was quite well-done in a way that will make you anxious about what will happen next. Also, the messages delivered in this film concerning the government, mass media and terrorists as well as the questions it asks about their involvement are well-crafted. And no, this is nothing like any terror anything you’ve seen before since it doesn’t follow a stereotypical pattern at all.

The acting was marvelous. Ha Jung Woo proves, once again, what great of an actor he is. I always praise him in my reviews not because I am biased with him as a fan girl (although I do find him quite charming) but it’s due to his absorbing acting skills that keep getting better and better after each film he makes. And man does thriller roles suit him so well! I am complimenting the acting because if some pretty face idol who doesn’t know how to act did this type of role then everything would have went downhill that’s why choosing great actors is one the most important elements of making a successful film.
The characters were intriguing and very well-done as a whole. There’s no hero in this film because our male lead is almost an anti-hero instead of the opposite side. The anchor had the greatest character developments ever where he started as a sloppy carefree radio host then he became a serious anchor and at the end…Well, it’s a spoiler.

The cinematography is catching and pretty similar to recent Korean thrillers visuals with only little CGI used in the process. And I don’t think a second rewatch of a tight suspense film is a good idea.

Watch if:
-You’re in the mood for a great suspense thriller.
-You like the Korean way of making thrillers.
-You like Ha Jung Woo or want to discover him.

Do not watch if:
-You dislike thrillers and suspenseful stories.

The Terror Live is one of the better Korean thrillers made in recent years, if you want to watch this film then make sure to prepare yourself for an astounding ride.
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Jan 11, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
How do I explain all the feelings I felt during the movie, I never my entire life felt like this while watching a movie. I can still feel my heart pounding and feel the adrenalin rush. This was a roller coaster for me, the movie kept me on edge. I cried, I gasped, and jumped from surprise during the movie. I was really nervous, feeling like this is really happening. This is read more my favorite genre for movies.

The story is outstanding, I have never seen a movie like this, there is many twists and surprising moments, you don't expect what is going to happen next. The meaning of the movie was presented in a really good way, making you question life and people. Some of you may question the ending, but to me it was perfect.

I have to say Ha Jeong Woo acting was top notch, he portrait the feeling of frustration and fear really well. I think his acting made the movie flawless.

I am not kidding when I say this is one of the best suspension/thriller movie I have seen. I may in the future think other movies are better, but I will never forget this one.
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Both movies focus one a criminal who reaches out via a live broadcast. Both movies have a live debate with the culprit. However Terror Live is more intense.
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Both movies have similar plot, about a criminal terrorizing a broadcasting media.
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    zuojenn Feb 4, 2017

    wow what an intense movie! only let down was the ending but otherwise 9,5/10!

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    XingBack Jan 31, 2017
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    XingBack Jan 31, 2017

    The worst movie I've ever seen...
    I'm extremely disappointed with the ending... I hate endings like this were the writers think they're being clever...

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    Shay Jan 21, 2017


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    sanasoufi Jan 2, 2017 - edited

    Dissapointed. 4/10.

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    DarlingTabasa Dec 9, 2016 - edited

    But seriously is it really so hard to apologize? It really could have been prevented :/

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      DarlingTabasa Jan 24, 2017
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      Shay Jan 24, 2017
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      XingBack Jan 31, 2017

      I think it's something like if they apologize it's like they're admitting that they were wrong...

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      DarlingTabasa Feb 1, 2017

      And they definitely don't want that to happen. That totally makes sense.

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      DarlingTabasa Feb 1, 2017
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    mini Oct 14, 2016

    "those bastards.. they won't care" love the ending

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    Totallyangelicgirl Oct 8, 2016

    A great watch with an unexpected but nonetheless good ending.

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    tvxqjung Jul 9, 2016

    Just rewatched this, and the thrill, suspense, everything was still there.

    Now I am in search for newer thriller movies like this...

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    KookieMonstar Mar 19, 2016

    Wow! The ending is just... AMAZING. If you're contemplating whether or not to watch this movie, you definitely should. 10/10

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    YukiIwama Jan 25, 2016
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    Room707 Sep 19, 2015 - edited

    If you liked the 2002 film 'Phone Booth' when it came out and doubted that they could ever make another film where the main character is pretty much in the same place for almost the entirety of the film and make it just as or even more thrilling... well, you might wanna see this film.

    It was non-stop intensity and tension from the very start to the absolute end. And even with all the excitement, this film still managed to give a solid plot with some pretty interesting views on (news) media and government. The acting was superb - kudos to Ha Jeong Woo, I thought he did an excellent job portraying his character Yoon Young Hwa. The cinematography was very good and, as mentioned before, the writing was also well done. 8/10.

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      Shay Jan 21, 2017

      OMG I KNEW I had watched something similar before! But I totally agree. I LOVED Phone Booth and I can say the same for this movie. Thrilling all the while staying in the same exact location?? wow and the acting !!! wow

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    sogand Aug 11, 2015

    unlike others,it was kinda boring for me.same location from first till end.
    maybe bacaeuse I watched the flu and the tower bofore , I found this one boring...

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    bornfreeonekiss May 25, 2015



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  • Release Date:

    Aug 1, 2013
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 37 min.


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