Fantasia Film Festival: Special Delivery Review (특송)

the special delivery

Park Dae-min’s the special delivery It’s not the kind of car chase, action-packed thriller you think it is. Yes, the movie draws heavily from action greats like the transporter, baby driverY Ride. However, the familiar story of a driving stuntman becoming emotionally entangled with his burden leans more on the dramatic side than the action side, which is fine. Instead of being a straight action movie, the special delivery features a deep emotional story, something you would normally find in a modern South Korean genre film.

the special delivery follows Jung Eun-ha (Park So-dam), a driving ace who specializes in unusual driving requests. When a disgraced baseball player runs into a group of vicious gangsters, he enlists the services of Eun-ha to keep him and his son (Jung Hun-jun) out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, things get crazy, and Eun-ha and Seo-won must escape to catch them.

While the drama is an integral part of the film, the action is still the movie’s selling point, and it certainly serves that purpose. These aren’t the hyperactive, over-the-top, physics-defying car sequences of the Fast and Furious films. Instead, it’s a more grounded style of high-speed chase reminiscent of the aforementioned movies it borrows from. From the get-go, the opening chase not only manages to thrill you, but also manages to make you laugh.

the special delivery is an excellent mix of action and drama, featuring some well-developed characters and excellent performances.

Unfortunately, for a movie about a driving ace, there aren’t many car sequences. However, what little we do get is well choreographed and filmed as well. Not to mention, the special delivery features a lot of gunfights and fist fights. It may not be as flashy as the summarybut that doesn’t mean it’s not brutal or forceful either.

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With Park So-dam (Parasite) and Jung Hun-jun sharing the screen for most of the special deliveryDuring the runtime, their relationship is vital to the success of the film. Fortunately, both give fantastic performances. Park So-dam was one of the many highlights of Parasite a few years ago, and this movie proves that she is no fluke. She portrays Jang with distinctive fearlessness and composure, while providing clues to her character’s emotions and backstory through her facial expressions and body language. Jung’s Seo-won also acts wonderfully during her many dramatic scenes. Hun-jun may be young, but he definitely stands his ground in this film.

General, the special delivery is an excellent mix of action and drama, featuring some well-developed characters and excellent performances. Although the film does not offer anything new or fresh, that does not mean that the special delivery it can’t be incredibly entertaining and its own thing.

Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

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