Name of yeon sang-ho This might not sound like much to many, but things will definitely change if I tell you that this is the director of ‘Train to Busan’. Recently his focus has been more on television – for example, he was in charge of staging all the episodes of the first season ‘Rumbo al Infierno’, but he is now returning to cinema. ‘boy’.
Written and directed by Sang-ho, “Jung_ee” is a film that dives squarely into the juicy subject of artificial intelligence, as well as Netflix’s first major commitment to science fiction in 2023. Of course, this is a work that bets more on the emotional. Keeping the story of a mother and her daughter at the forefront of everything. the result is An acceptable tape but it never ends up squeezing the material used.
a bleak future
‘jung_ee’ brings us For the far future, specifically until the year 2194, In which an attempt is being made to make a perfect soldier using artificial intelligence. What complicates everything is that the memories of a war heroine are being used for this and her daughter is one of the scientists in charge of the project.
This provocative starting point is a way for Sang-ho to present us with a future that is more likely than any of us realize, because there are already some questionable aspects of today’s society that are headed towards something like this. can take. There he also has a lot of cattle to attract the attention of the onlookers Some moral dilemmas which add more sauce to the movie.
However, Sang-ho’s interest in all things science fiction serves more as a basis for exploring the relationships between the characters he plays. Kang Soo-Yeon and Kim Hyun-Joo, with the characteristic that ‘Jung_ee’ was a grand return to cinema for the first time after more than a decade away from the big screen. And I say it was because in the end it has become his posthumous film, as he died after suffering a cardiac arrest shortly after finishing filming when he was barely 55.
‘Jung_ee’ never takes off
There should be nothing wrong with focusing on the more emotional side of the film, as Sang-ho finds it easier to try to give more depth to that relationship than to try to make the climax have enough dramatic force to make it feel necessary. Could And enough climax for ‘Jung_ee’. The problem is in the details, in that great central plot and the way it affects the rest.
Sang-ho presents a very attractive universe on the one hand but in the moment of truth he forgets to develop it in any way. In spatial terms, the vast majority of film footage takes place in enclosed spaces that are more common than desirable. It only changes in its powerful prologue and when it puts all the meat on the grill during its spectacular final act.
This limitation also applies to getting to know that sinister future better, because the ideas are out there—such as with respect to the three types of artificial intelligence people might aspire to—but it’s more notes piling up rather than entering completely, We have a good example of this when the protagonist discovers something striking about a co-worker. Sang-ho shows it and soon forgets about it to move on to the next thing.
It is true that this is no longer a direct consequence of the fact that lies above the emotional science fiction component But it’s that there it is more conventional than desirable, which will make many feel somewhat dismayed to give secondary weight to what was undoubtedly the real hook that grabbed public attention from the outset.
I remember, for example, last year’s ‘Saying Goodbye to Yang’, where his way of addressing the emotional impact of the family robot’s inevitable loss was at times fascinating. Here you choose something more traditional and material approach you can already see how it will develop. Not that it does anything wrong, but it loses effectiveness and ends up in no man’s land, This also applies to the work of its two leads, convincing but lackluster.
‘Jung_ee’ is a science fiction film that bets on the emotional component above all and the power it exerts on each viewer mainly depends on whether they like it more or less. For me I can’t say, but it’s not good either, and that’s a shame, because it uses good ingredients.