Spin Kick (2004)
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From the get go you can feel for the rest of the film and how it will end but the enjoyment is not in the surprise twists nor is it the way the film is a carbon copy of another. Instead, the enjoyment is held in the journey of how the 2 remaining "thugs" came to be men in their own right. Therefore, the film is fun and entertaining.
The camera work, specially the dolly moves were very well executed. The script, being a tad weak, was overly enjoyable in the fact that the characters were not 2 dimensional but they were full of life and desire. This film will not win any Oscars, nor any DVD blockbuster sales, but a fun watch and a fun experience.
The fact that this movie doesn't fall flat on its face is down to the talented young cast who really make you care about the characters, and this in turn keeps you watching to the end.
Fans of your typical martial arts movie may be disappointed Taekwondo does not deliver the usual flurry of moves and acrobatics seen in most Kung Fu films; the action is limited to (albeit impressive) kicking and the occasional punch. This doesn't matter though, since it is the interaction of the characters and their fight to make something of themselves which makes this movie a success.
Spin Kick is a drama/comedy about a group of people who decide to pour their hearts into tae kwon do. Regardless of what you expect from this film, you're guaranteed to feel moved by the work, pain, and expectations that the characters force themselves to experience. Though comedic at times, many moments and characters are rendered beautifully: there's the old guard character who takes things too seriously, the hoodlum turned good-guy who just wants a second chance at life, the meek team-substitute who would die happy if he just won once in his life, and many other well-rounded characters with their own problems-- but most importantly, their own their hopes and dreams. While the plot and the goals of the movie are simple, these aspects of the movie merely highlight the development of the characters as they overcome their personal and inter-personal struggles.
In short, this film will leave you feeling fresh, determined, and satisfied.
They tried to make this movie the American way = bad. The plot is to easy to figure out (as in so many movies) There's really nothing special with this movie.
The characters are a bit funny. Nice cam-work. and a little bit of cool effects.
This film is all about fighting. So, if your bored, ain't got anything to do. It's an okey movie to waste some time with.
The martial arts in the film isn't that good but it is passable and enjoyable. Friends who go on to achieve something they once would mock become stronger through the mind and heart. This film isn't meant to be taken too seriously as it does have slapstick, but it also carries a message.
A good film again from Korea.
For better or worse, the story depends on plenty of plot twists (ala Armageddon), a youth-be-served mentality (ala Sister Act II), and the acting of Dong-wan Kim (Yong-gaek) to carry itself through. If you suspend your disbelief through some of the plot twists, you might find this a surprisingly refreshing tear-jerker.
This flick is an easy-to-watch mildly-involving action drama with plenty of teenage angst and kicking. 6/10