Movie Review-The Front Line

Press Release-Toward the end of the Korean War, an uneasy ceasefire is ordered, but out on the Eastern front line of the Aerok Hills, in an expanse of land called the Aero.K, fierce fighting continues. A race to capture a strategic point to determine a new border between the two Koreas is the ultimate prize. At the Eastern border stands the “Alligator Company,” known to be the best soldiers of the front line. They are the only unit to have survived the worst battle of the war at Pohang. When a South Korean bullet is found in the dead body of a company commander, Lieutenant of Defense Security Command Kang Eun-Pyo (Shin Ha-Kyun) is ordered to investigate Alligator Company for the murder. Upon arrival, Kang Eun-Pyo is immediately shocked at the state of the soldiers, the conditions on the front, and the presence of Kim Soo-Hyuk, a former friend he believed to be dead. With a truce promised for years but no end in sight, one man struggles to make sense of a crime in the face of countless lives sacrificed for war.

Plot-South Korea’s submission for best foreign language film at this year’s Oscars. If you are into Band of Brothers and are a history fanatic about the Korean War. Toward the end of Korean War Lieutenant Kang Eun-Pyo is sent to investigate a murder on the front lines. He reaches the area called Aerok Hill where the fighting is most intense. Soon after the truth is reveled a cease fire is signed and the two sides rejoice. But the war is far from over.

Review-This is 2012’s Saving Private Ryan. Well Go USA has a one two punch on blu ray, that I am a fan of. Mutant Girls Squad which brought back all the fun of Machine Girl, and now Front Line which is on par to be just as great as Saving Private Ryan if not better. This war film was so entertaining from its script to the characters. These are not just nameless faces dying; you create a bond with the character throughout this film. This film is basically about the South Korean soldiers and their struggles during this time. This film runs you through so many emotions, that you will feel and just keep you gripped to the TV screen, as the story is being told. The last half hour of this film is quite powerful, and you see first-hand why this was submitted for Oscar approval. Unlike the Eastwood films that you felt you were being forced to feel for the characters and you could not relate to most of the struggles. This film brings you first hand into these soldiers’ lives and you go thru their plights and struggles, where you feel they could be happening to you.
The action is a lot and very top notch, very graphic and bloody, almost too violent at times. The uniforms were very well done and the CGI was not as bad as one might expect. This film made you feel you were actually in the Korean War with them, or that you were watching this on CNN live tonight. The basic running theme of this film is “reunification”, which this film seems like a very loud political statement about. The Making of Documentary in itself could be a film. It is very long and very detailed. All in all, very powerful film, quite frankly the best war picture in well over a decade. A load of extras that will keep you glued to the blu ray player all day long. A must own.

10 out of 10