A serial killer targeting elementary school students is on the loose—and 5 victims means even the president gets involved in the investigation. When the most probable suspect dies in custody and the case looks like it’s reached a dead end, high ranking police brass decide to create a killer—and anyone will do. Though Detective CHOI Cheol-gi boasts an incredible number of arrests over his career his rank never showed it. He was framed and demoted for another crime and decides that this is his last chance at professional redemption. He makes a deal with mob boss JANG Seok-gu, who he has been investigating, and together they decide to set up one of the existing suspects as the serial killer. The only hurdle in their plan is public prosecutor JU Yang, who takes on the case. JU himself had been involved in a deal with the boss of a rival criminal organization, and President Kim wants CHOI dismissed from his position. When the secret deals and back alley agreements start to come to light, it only serves to drag CHOI, JU, JANG, and KIM deeper and deeper into a dark hole of questionable ethics and abuse of the law.
Cast & Credits
Anyway, this movie is like a mockery to the lack of law in South Korean (if not anywhere in the world) justice system. Ethics? What ethics? As the Korean saying goes: "Give it to the dogs". This movie portrays moral ambiguity to the degree which all the characters connive for their own benefit. It's all about the survival of the meanest and the lowest. Cops and criminals are just the same. They are like twins who are separated from birth, but still share the same genes.
This movie captures a familiar observation about bureaucracy and corruption and lending them a new poignancy. Fast paced and skillfully edited together within amazing visual narrative and non-stop high pitched dialogues, which makes this movie gripping and culpably entertaining.
-The performances of the lead actors are quite effective.
-The background score is at times very impactful.
-The action sequences are very well choreographed and executed.
-The script is very unique: I have never seen anything like this before. The screenplay is very engaging, especially in the second hour.
-The humour in many scenes is very well used and will make sure you laugh out loud.
-The climax is quite effective and excellent.
-The film takes a lot of time to set up.
-The editing could've a bit better since the pace in the beginning is not very good.
Repeat value: Yes
Overall, THE UNJUST is an entertaining action film from South Korea which is bound to impress with its highly entertaining action scenes and unique script.