The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic universe the place, to win a civil battle that has been raging for the reason that flooding of the Earth, a researcher tries to clone the mind of her mom, a heroic fighter who died on the entrance, to make it an overpowered android. Pure science fiction universe with its Apple designs, rebellious robots and determined humanity, Jung_E hints a fairly thrilling universe on paperbetween commerce in Synthetic Intelligence and violent army battle.
With its system of duplicating deceased people which prolongs the lifetime of the richest, however turns the poorest into android slaves, Sang-ho Yeon’s situation is a part of probably the most political vein of the filmmaker, already current in his earlier movies. If it doesn’t present itself within the most interesting of how, particularly via massive explanatory dialogues, this thematic aspect exhibits with accuracy and bitterness the violence of a capitalist system which exploits and commercializes the our bodies of probably the most disadvantaged.
The American Nightmare syndrome, or methods to spoil a promising idea
Nevertheless, the potential curiosity of this post-apo universe is shortly put aside in favor of a narrative nearly solely locked up in a small robotics laboratory. Exit the massive spectacle out of actuality promised by the trailer and the primary motion sequence of the movie: Jung_E fully smothers the breadth of its narrative specializing in poor little scientists caught in entrance of their big Ipads.
He hardly hides it since his first motion scene, the one one for practically an hour of movie, could be very actually a simulation. The filmmaker admits implicitly, voluntarily or not, that the film he promised us doesn’t exist and that it’s only a digital promise. As a substitute, we’re provided a narrative with stakes, at greatest arbitrary (the character of Jung_E should reach his mission just for the nice eyes of the military) and, at worst, frankly crude and predictable (this unknown zone of the mind that nobody can determine…).
The roots of the story Jung_E are fragile, thus stifling the viewer’s involvement. Furthermore, the crumbs of the movie’s sci-fi universefull of clichés, will not be there to catch up, between the evil director who does every part to attain his ends and the scientists who contact plenty of screens to look good.
Let’s add to that a abstract and already seen inventive routelambda army robots with generic high-tech decors, and the universe of Jung_E in the end sounds very faux. Other than a giant robotic canine on wheels, nothing is actually authentic, and/or slightly ingenious in Jung_E. With out being on autopilot, Yeon Sang-Ho by no means questions his SF instruments, and eventually delivers a small B sequence that’s too superficial to actually intrigue his viewer, however not beneficiant sufficient to entertain him.
one aspect flawed bolstered by very uneven particular results, between random overlays, plastic CGI and smooth digital choreographies. So long as one is delicate to laptop visible results, the technical shortcomings of Jung_E create a copious emotional barrier between the viewer and the movie.
A barrier all of the extra supported when, to scale back the post-production work, the digicam limits its actions and multiplies the close-ups with out background. Along with trampling our retinas, the technical limits of Jung_E reduce the speed of the Final prepare to Busan for the good thing abouta static staging, stifling the size of the entire.
A climax that wakes up (slightly)
A movie that stands nonetheless aesthetically, due to this fact, like its heroine, Search engine marketing-Hyun, who has an fascinating background and powerful stakes, however who stays passive for two-thirds of the story. Ditto for director Sang-Hoon, a slipshod archetype who turns into a posh character, however whose points are by no means actually embodied. Like its protagonists who’re caught of their pseudo-scientific checks, the stakes of Jung_E flip in circles for an hour of movie (!).
However happily, the laborious set up of the characters takes form in a sequence lastly slightly transferring the place the character of Search engine marketing-Hyun comes out of his lethargy. From there, the protagonists lastly start to maneuver the narrative ahead, and the climax wakes up the staging (and the spectator). Combating robots and exploding aerial trains, all bolstered by just a few sluggish motions and elegantly filmed choreographies: the viewer lastly finds the filmmaker’s generosity Bis, in a fairly satisfying climax.
If this final third is much from being extra visually and technically completed, it has the benefit of beefing up this Jung_E and to supply its spectator what he got here to hunt, however above all what he promised her, specifically leisure.
Jung_E is offered on Netflix since January 20, 2023 in France