Carter (2022) - Jung Byung-gil
Certainly ambitious, Carter is an audacious display of kineticism that I can respect but simply can't fully embrace. The continuous camera movement of this sucker does pay off during most of the action set-pieces, the continuous movement inducive to the palpable pleasures of a chaotic tableau of violence in R- rated action filmmaking. Where this film struggles is during the in-between sequences that essentially exist to give this film a semblance of a narrative. In these sequence this continuous movement is abrasive, dizzying, and distracting. The story, in general, is pretty snooze-inducing but obviously, that's not really what we are here for, and the action sequences are imbued with consistent brutalism and bloodshed that can't help but titillate the senses. It may just be personal preference, but I like my action with a little more weight, a little more physicality that is felt, which I feel this film obfuscates due to its desire to be in a state of continuous motion. It's such an ambitious action film, so I struggle to be too negative toward it but I found that the digital facade necessary for its ambitions saps it of some of its authenticity. I will say it's almost impressive how coherent its action set-pieces can be, all things considered. Fun overall. Also, what's up Camilla Belle?
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