Action thrillers come in all forms and as long as they deliver on the story can make for a great film. Korean rap superstar T.O.P. aka Seung Hyun Choi has already made the transition from music to acting and leads the charge to the latest Commitment, but does his performance and the story deliver the necessary impact to make this work or is it not worth committing too?
Commitment follows a young man who volunteers to become a North Korean spy and infiltrate South Korea as a teenage defector in order to protect his sister. While attending high school, he meets another girl and rescues her when she comes under attack. South Korean Intelligence soon discover his activities and begin tracking him, all the while his own government sends a vicious assassin to eliminate him. Initially this film feels like it may end up being a bit slow, but once it gets going it ended up being delivering on the goods. The story isn’t anything that hasn’t been done before, but the thin line it runs between the forbidden love and devotion to his situation makes for an intriguing tale. Seung Hyun Choi delivers a powerful performance bringing a somewhat emotionless performance that still manages to pack all the needed emotion for the character. This is far from a full on action film, but there are plenty of moments thrown in to step things up and work to create the danger of what he is really up to and against. While the fights aren’t complicated they are effective with one featuring a jumping knee that is brutal to look at thanks to some great camera work. There are some moments here that are packed with emotions and bring the importance to some of the characters that you might have previously thought weren’t all that important that is just a sign of great storytelling.
This film sports some great character moments intertwined with some well-done action and intrigue making for a great action thriller. Unlike most films like this they took the brave direction to end it the only way it really good end and make sense despite not being on the most positive note. The Asian film market has mastered these sorts of films and will hopefully continue to churn them out. If you are a fan of these films, this is one you should definitely check out.
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