From the instant I saw the trailer of this Korean film on Apple.com, I knew I had to see it. A man tries desperately to defend himself against a swarm a bees by shooting at them. Funny. The cut-away to the wounded bees as they hit the ground is insane! This brand of insanity, thought I, deserves a closer look.
Ha-kyun Shin stars as Lee Byeong-gu, a man who is sure thathis boss, Kang Man-shik (Yun-shik Baek), is from Andromeda and planning a full-scale invasion. Naturally, Lee dons a garbage bag and homemade electronic thought-protecting helmet and kidnaps him, with the help of his girlfriend, Su-ni (Jeong-min Hwang). Su-ni is a former circus high-wire performer and has a sweet likeability. She seems too nice to get mixed in with a guy who would kidnap and torture his employer, but here she is.
Save the Green Planet is an interesting film and good at twisting the viewer's sympathies. We're supposed to be relating to Lee, but he does such unspeakable things to Kang that it's hard to stay with him. We see other scenes showing parts of Lee's troubled life and what perhaps cultivated this monster, and our sympathies are restored, if only briefly.
At times the film is really funny. At other times it's out and out horror as Lee does hideous things to Kang. There is thrilling tension as we pray the police inspector doesn't discover the torture chamber. Strangely it all fits together pretty well.
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