VOD film review: Believer (2018)
Ivan Radford | On 09, Nov 2021
Director: Lee Hae-Young
Cast: Cho Jin-woong, Ryu Jun-Yeol, Sung-ryung Kim
Watch Believer online in the UK: Amazon Prime / Apple TV (iTunes) / Prime Video (Buy/Rent)
Johnnie To’s 2012 gem Drug War gets the South Korean treatment in this surprising but no less impressive reworking of the same rough premise.
Director Lee Hae-young brings a thrilling style all of his own to the tale of a narcotics cop, Won-ho (Cho Jin-woong), who ends up working with drugs dogsbody Rak (Ryu Jun-yeol) to trace down the mysterious criminal kingpin Mr Lee. What follows is a game of cat and mouse that balances breakneck pacing with psychological complexity, slick, gun-toting choreography and unexpected melancholy.
All of this is brought to life by a cast that have enough ambiguity to keep you guessing about where things are headed until the final act. Who says remakes are always a bad thing?
Believer (2018) is available to watch online on Amazon Prime Video as part of a Prime membership or a £5.99 monthly subscription.