Monday, 21 March 2011

The Good, the Bad, the Weird

The name instantly implies a rip off from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly however I'm pleased to say this is not the case.

When I first saw the trailer for this movie I instantly thought of Japanese cyberpunk cowboys, with everything else you usually find in a Japanese movie! But much to my enjoyment the reality wasn't that at all.

With a talented cast, The Good, the Bad, the Weird is set in the 1940's in Manchuria province, China. The film starts off with three characters being given an assignment to find a map, each three characters have their own unique characteristics.

You have the good, Woo-sung Jung playing as Park Do-won. He's a bounty hunter, and he's after the reward on both the other character's heads. An excellent marksman, I don't think I seen him miss a single shot throughout the whole movie, I'd even say he was using an aimbot!

Then you have Byung-hun Lee playing as Park Chang-yi, the bad. This guy has issues, he'll kill anyone that insults him even slightly, and he gets insulted easily. He's an elite assassin, who's after revenge, he'll stab anyone in the back who get in his way.

And there's Kang-ho Song playing as the weird, Yoon Tae-goo, a slippery thief who seems to manage to find a way out of every difficult situation, and if that's either through luck or skill is debatable.

Within the first 20 minutes you're presented with a classic train robbery in true cowboy fashion, guns blazing. And there's plenty more action right through to the end.

It's an exciting and amusing adventure where each character find themselves pursued by several factions, each trying to survive, find the map, and where it leads.

I enjoyed it thoroughly, it has some incredible lines, and hilarious scenes. The action scenes are not over the top, or far fetched, and the characters remain interesting throughout the whole film.

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a bit of an action-packed giggle.

And for eggs out of 5? I give it 4.5

18 comments:

  1. I dont know whats with the Asians and Cowboys. I found out that if you wear a cowboy outfit near the grand canyon, they will take your picture like your a freaking superhero.

    Oh... But yeah. I will totally check out this movie now.

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  2. wow, you are good at writing this kinda stuff
    i will gladly follow you :)

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  3. I'll have to keep an eye out.

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  4. great review! keep'em coming!

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  5. damn i love japanese movies, will def try this one!
    followed

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  6. This movie is actually Chinese, with some Korean and Japanese actors.

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  7. Nice review :) Good luck getting started out.

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  8. All this cowboy stuff makes me want to play Red Dead Redemption! Nice review though, if I get the chance I'll try to watch the movie too.

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  9. Great review! I'm definitely gonna go see this with my friend from work, he would love this!

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  10. Nice review. Looking forward to read more!

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  11. Aww, I've been wanting to see this for a while, thinks for reminding me!

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  12. I might have to check this out..

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  13. Good review, I hadn't heard of this.

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