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Space Sweepers

Released: 5th February 2021

Cast: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Sun-kyu, Yoo Hai-jin, Richard Armitage & Park Ye-rin

Director: Jo Sung-hee

Duration: 2hr 16mins

Rating: 15

Genres: Korean Films, Sci-Fi, Action & Adventure.

Synopsis: Chasing after space debris and faraway dreams in year 2092, four misfits unearth explosive secrets during the attempted trade of a wide-eyed humanoid.

My thoughts:

The ‘UTS Corporation’ has built a new home for humanity (especially the wealthy) that now orbits the Earth. Due to the fading sun, the Earth is on its last legs and will soon become unhabitable.

The film starts with an opening sequence that reminds me heavily of the dusty orange ‘Ruins of Las Vegas’ scenes from Blade Runner 2049 starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. I was hooked, Sci-Fi is one of my favourite genres, so I decided to give this film a chance.

With the flashbacks throughout, you’re able to get a better insight into each character’s history and their development on why this group of individuals have chosen to work together. The four misfits discover a humanoid onboard the space loot that they secured and the mystery unravels.

The owner of UTS, Mr Jason Sullivan is 152 years and still looks like he’s in his 40s. The film never takes a moment to explain how or why that is. Leaving me confused after only 6 minutes in. I know every film need an antagonist and you do find out why it’s him, but unless I missed it because I fell asleep watching, my only question is:

‘How did he make it to 152 years old?’

Visually on screen, this film shapes up to be something. I wouldn’t say something great, but something that has all the right elements, just in the wrong places and for that reason it doesn’t hold its weight.

For an action film, there’s a lot of slapstick comedy that reminds me of something you would see in a Charlie Chaplin or Mr Bean film. With this in mind, the film falls short and I’m unsure who the comedy was directed at. If it was a children’s film then okay, but having a rating of 15, I feel like the director didn’t understand his target audience very well. I could be wrong as maybe Japanese humour is different and if yes, then he knocked it out of the park.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I saw the trailer and thought that I’ll give it a go. Due to the fact I fell asleep, I started again from the beginning just in case I missed something important, which I didn’t. It became predictable, I knew how was going end before I even got there.

My Star rating: 2/5.

I wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone who’s expecting a Blockbuster, but if you’re in the mood to watch something to pass the time as there’s not much else to do during the lockdown, then go for it. Let me know if I was too harsh and if you enjoyed it.

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