Haunters (2010) - Min-suk Kim
Haunters is a unique, interesting take on the superhero genre that opts to throw the viewer into this realm of possibility rather than setting everything up. So many films of this genre feel the unnecessary need to give an origin story for
any character with powers but what Haunters does is refreshing and completely the opposite. From the onset of Haunters we are merely shown a young character's psychic ability to control anyone he comes in contact with, but that's all the set-up the viewer is given. The film quickly fast-forwards 10 years where we learn that this child has grown up to be a psychotic who uses his powers for completely selfish means, leading us to our main protagonist, a man who for unknown reasons is immune to these psychic powers. This all that is given to the viewer, which makes the film far more interesting and engaging to watch. I could see some people wanting more explained, but I enjoyed the ambiguity of the connection between these two men, with destiny being a major theme. Tonally Haunters is kinda a mixed bag where there are many scenes which are comedic and relatively lighthearted but when the violence or drama does come it's pretty intense. Haunters is not an amazing film by any means, and I do wish it could have been a little more epic in structure/action set pieces but it's unique and interesting enough to be worth most people's time.
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