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The Buzz:

 

      A quiet pawn store owner is brought into an organized crime battle when his neighbor is killed and her daughter kidnapped. Eventually we find that the pawn shop owner is not whom he seems and the criminals who kidnapped the little girl are regretting they ever met him. The highest grossing film in Korea in 2010, this hard hitting action film also has heart.

 

 

Life of the Party:

 

     I said previously in my Makkhi review that India is really coming into it’s own as a place for fantastic film making and I think that’s true, but while they are literally up and coming - Korea has already arrived. There is no better proof than The Man From Nowhere; this movie really has everything you’d expect from top notch cinema. I could go on on how wonderfully acted, fantastically filmed, pleasantly heart warming, and gut wrenchingly action packed. However, I try to keep my reviews fairly easy to read and that would take me far too long. Rest assured that from a technical standpoint this is quite literally award winning. 

 

     From a personal enjoyment perspective I was really pleased to see an action film that knew how to pace itself and not just charge forward with fight scenes and explosions the whole time. There is character development and the plot is given time to develop from multiple perspectives such as from our hero, the police, and the criminals. The fight scenes are great, but try to remain largely realistic until the final showdown. It gives the film some grounding that some action or martial arts films don’t have - forcing you to rely on your suspension of disbelief. 

 

 

No... that's not how you gun...

 

Potential Hangovers:

 

     My only single mild complaint about this picture is that the story is somewhat contrived at the high level. Total badass goes to protect child from criminal masterminds is rather reminiscent of films like Taken or The Professional. And on the surface it shares a lot with those two, but how it navigates the plot is very much unique and what makes it stand out. If you’ve had your fill of badass protects kid flicks, I’m torn on whether or not to recommend this. On one hand I think you might be surprised how well it holds it’s own, on the other hand it is another badass protects kid film.

 

 

No. You're still not... you know what? Go ahead.

 

Atmosphere: Large Party, Casual Gathering, Solo Viewing

 

      The Man From Nowhere is good in most viewing scenarios. It has enough depth to be a great watch alone and enough action to work as background for when things are chaotic with friends and family over. I didn’t really touch on a lot of plot elements and so this might seem like a sort of cold review. For that I’m sorry, but what elements are not cliché action flick moments I think are best revealed by watching it and I really think you should watch it. I’ve been recommending this movie for weeks to friends since I saw it and everyone has been glad I did. You can catch it on Netflix at the time of this writing, so there should be little stopping you. 

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Award winning film

+ Great fight sequences

+ Real character

- Main plot been done before

 

Drinking Games:

 

Drink when our hero’s emo bangs cover his eyes

Drink when someone takes a crack at Chinese people

Take a shot when someone cries

Finish your drink when our hero gets beat to the ground

Drink when the police make the wrong assumption about what’s going on

HARDCORE MODE: Drink when our hero dispatches someone.

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Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

Tanked Matinee appreciates film as art, but when you're kicking back on Friday night with a tall Rum & Coke, you're not looking for art, man, you want to be entertained. We're here to recommend the best movies for your night in, whether it's a big party, small get-together, or just a quiet night alone with a bottle of wine or three.

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