Review: Mr. Socrates [2005]

Mr. SocratesKorean Title: Mi-seu-teo So-keu-ra-te-seu
Director: Choi Jin-won
Writer: Choi Jin-won
Runtime: 109 min


Shin-il Kang

Rae-won Kim

Jong-hyeok Lee


Dong Hyuk is a lowlife street thug who’s going nowhere in his life. One day he’s abducted by a group of gangsters, and while being held captive, he has to undergo classes and training. While being held for a very long time, Hyuk tries to escape several times but always fail miserably and has to suffers the consequences. He thinks he’s being trained to become a member of the crime syndicate, but he’s actually being trained to become a police officer and later a homicide detective. Only thing though is that the people who are behind his training need him not to only uphold the normal law, but to execute their own view on the law as well.

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I Say…

I’m not trying to promote violence to anyone. I don’t even like action flicks, but Mr. Socrates is one heck of an action/crime film. It doesn’t carry the usual theme like someone gets struck or someone close to him gets struck and then he plots revenge. This movie is more than that. I mean, I can’t imagine what kind of mind the story writer has. It is not that special but somehow it’s going to amaze you.

In the beginning of the story, it intrigued me how or when the story will flourish. It didn’t give me a single clue about what lies ahead for Koo Dong-Hyuk, or what the abduction is for. I might be too dumb for the film and makes me feel funny.

I also can’t imagine the role being given to another. Kim Rae Won seems to be made for the role. He may or may not be their first choice but I’m kind of glad it was him. Even with a swollen, bloody face he still looks so cool!

Filipino writers still need to learn more on how to come up with more exciting and watchable action flicks.


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