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The Man From Nowhere (2010)

The Man From Nowhere (2010)

A little girl (So-mi, Played by Sae-ron Kim) visits a pawnshop near her apartment sometimes. A young man lives there (Tae-sik, played by Bin Won). He doesn't say much. He lives alone. He treats her to food sometimes. The girl's mom isn't the best role model - she smuggles drugs, among other things, and one day she gets greedy. As a result both mother and daughter are kidnapped, thougth the mother shows up again soon. Dead.

It's not your typical revenge flick, with a bad-ass lone-wolf who beats down everyone in his way with ease. It takes a while. It doesn't come easy. It feels dark, and authentic, with action scenes that they initially skip, as the opponents are too weak - as if you're viewing the fight through the opponents of the man from nowhere. It gets fiercier and fiercer, and the dual against sadistic hitman Ramrowan (played by Thanayong Wongtrakul) is the real deal.

It's nothing out of this world, but it's genuinely good all the way through. The story might seem straight-forward at first, but it has its twists, and backstory to the characters that builds up overtime. And some details are complicated. Like how the hitman actually helps the girl, but makes Tae-sik believe she's dead. Is it to provoke him? To fight him? Out of loyalty for his employer? What's his purpose? It feels like characters are closer, and more believable that way, and you gain a sense of empathy even for the villains.

Similar movies come to mind, but this one still stands out as maybe the most streamlined movie of the sort. It grows nicely, reveals, intensifies, and ends. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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