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Netflix’s latest offering in the assortment of its many action-adventure productions, ‘Carter,’ directed by Byung-gil Jung, is viscerally violent in its action. sadly for him korean movie, is equally violent in its visual aesthetics. Even for the most forgiving fans of the action genre, which I consider myself one, the film turns out to be the opposite of what it was intended to be. The jarring and incoherent execution of a grand ambition makes the film exhaustive, not absorbing. The flimsy excuse of a story from the movie couldn’t be made up for by the relentless hammering of action sequences that provide very little thrill.

Summary of the plot and synopsis of the film:

Carter begins with a scenario that is both familiar and conducive to his intention to go into a frenzy of action. A virus has spread throughout the world causing those infected to act with extreme violence. The infected aren’t exactly turning into zombies. They are shown to be able to use weapons as well. The cure for the DMZ virus (so named because it is believed to have originated in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a strip of land between the borders of North and South Korea) is invented by Dr. Jung, a doctor from South Korea. Sur, who has healed his daughter, Ha-na. South Korea has become virus free. But, with an unprecedented bond between North and South, Dr. Jung is asked to travel to North Korea to help them fight the virus.

However, he disappears. The only link is a video where an almost naked man tells and shows that he has taken Dr. Jung. This man is Carter (Joo Won). A team of CIA agents pinpoint the location by tracking the video link and find Carter alone, sound asleep and covered in blood. When Carter wakes up, he can’t recall any memories of him, not even the recent one of kidnapping Dr. Jung or making the video. However, he quickly finds a voice that gives him instructions through a chip placed inside his head.

The female voice inside Carter’s head introduces herself as Jung-Hee (Jeong So-Ri). She first guides him to escape from the gang of CIA agents. This begins the madness of the movie involving chase sequences and a plethora of fights. Jung-Hee tells Carter that she has a daughter who is infected and that the only chance for her to survive is for Carter to complete the mission. The mission is to rescue Ha-Na from the clutches of the CIA.

Which Carter does, after many, many tiring exchanges. The next task is to get Ha-Na back to North Korea, where Dr. Jung is working to mass-produce the antidote. Ha-Na, being the only person healed, is key to developing that. However, the CIA is not going to make that job any easier. Add to that the rumors of a coup within the ranks of North Korea. After a series of fights and flight jumps, motorcycle chases and escaping infected; Carter and Ha-Na finally arrive at their destination where they are greeted by Jung-Hee.

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Carter movie review:

Director Byung-gil Jung’s latest action-adventure ‘The Villainess’ traveled to and garnered praise through a couple of festival circuits, including Rotterdam and Fantasia. International recognition gave Byung-gil the opportunity to go absolutely crazy with the Netflix-backed ‘Carter.’ Unfortunately, the ambition to make a relentless, violence-filled action thriller, shot in one take, doesn’t materialize as well as ‘Carter’ had hoped.

The film’s simplistic premise has Byung-gil aiming high, and he does. ‘Carter’ is a movie that attempts to mimic the video game experience with a faux single-take format. However, it neither provides the immersive experience of a video game, nor does it achieve the excellence of such adventures, for example, something similar to that of Sam Mendes.1917”. Byung-gil falls into the trap of repetition without innovation. Repetitive action sequences work in a video game because of the indirect enjoyment of the player. It doesn’t work similarly without a joystick in the hands of the audience.

The unfortunate part is that you can see the seriousness of the efforts. Of the actors, the stunt department, the action choreographer and the director of photography. There are some excellently thought out sequences. However, the pitfalls of generic filler shots weighed down all excellence. The commitment to the one-shot treatment perhaps tied the editor’s hands. The result is a flurry of seemingly generic action sequences, which perhaps was not intended.

Speaking of being generic, the story didn’t help either. However, that shouldn’t have been a problem if the experience was different. Something the John Wick series did excellently. Rising above the scope of the story with meticulously crafted action sequences that would be a visual treat for the audience. ‘Carter’ is way below that.

Carter (2022) Movie Review Ending Explained (1)

Explanation of the end of the movie Carter: Who created the virus?

After Carter hands over Ha-Na to Jung-Hee and her superior, a North Korean general named Kim Jong Hyeok. Kim quickly betrays Jung-Hee and Carter and takes Ha-Na from them. He reveals himself to be the leader of the coup that wants to topple the existing North Korean regime. The coup planned the outbreak of the virus. When Kim orders his soldiers to take Carter away, he asks Jung-Hee to join him in his plan. Meanwhile, Carter escapes again. This time, he from the clutches of Kim’s soldiers.

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What is the relationship between Carter and Jung-Hee?

Carter follows Kim and Jung-Hee to the rebel group’s headquarters, where Dr. Jung and Carter’s infected daughter is staying. Jung-Hee is revealed to be Carter’s wife. Carter came to North Korea as a spy and fell in love with Jung-Hee, a North Korean military officer. The daughter is theirs. After a massive fight involving Kim’s soldiers and imprisoned infected patients, the Carter family, Dr. Jung, and Ha-Na escape the headquarters in a jeep.

Jung-Hee and Dr. Jung recover Carter’s memory and he remembers that he was the one who suggested Kim look for Dr. Jung. To get Kim to give Carter and his family back their freedom and allow them to leave.

Is Carter really Michael Bane?

The CIA told Carter, before he regained his memories, that he is actually an American citizen who emigrated from South Korea when he was eleven years old. He has studied in the US and served in the US Army. He used to be called Michael Bane and has probably had plastic surgery.

One of the CIA agents, Agnes (Camilla Belle) helps Carter escape during a manhunt with the CIA. Agnes and Michael probably used to be lovers or at least friends.

The cliffhanger ending: What will happen to Carter and his family? The inevitability of a sequel:

In the end, after the last chase and fight, Carter, Jung-Hee, and their daughter leave North Korea on a train, with Dr. Jung and Ha-Na. Dr. Jung administers the antidote to Carter’s daughter and she is cured. However, a drone shot reveals that as the train crosses a bridge, a bomb blast occurs. Make the train head for a drop. And the movie ends on that cliffhanger.

Obviously there would be a sequel that would address that. Also, Agnes’s fate is unknown as it was shown that she was shot from her but was taken to an ambulance. Carter’s past life, especially what he did for the US, also offers possibilities for a prequel. The story of his relationship with Jung-Hee is another avenue to explore. As a result, it seems inevitable that “Carter” will be on its way to becoming a franchise. We could only hope that the future installment would be an improvement over this one.

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Carter (2022) Movie Cast: Joo Won, Kim Bo-Min, Sung-Jae Lee, Camilla Belle, Mike Colter
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