The Berlin File
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A tense illegal arms deal in a Berlin hotel suddenly descends into mayhem after a "ghost" agent named Jong-seong (HA Jung-woo) appears on the scene. Secretly watching the deal go down is embattled South Korean intelligence chief Jin-soo (HAN Suk-Kyu), the North Koreans and the US CIA, who are all left trying to decode whether the ghost is a double-agent or taking the fall for a more insidious plot. Myung-soo (RYOO Seung-bum) a young, notorious North Korean agent jumps into these treacherous waters to investigate loyalties of all involved and begins to implicate Jong-seong's wife,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"There is something sharp, exciting and more original tucked within "The Berlin File" - and it is in moments a sleek, crackling film - but it all feels somehow misshapen."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"The story feels fairly perfunctory - not to mention unnecessarily knotty - but the well-connected leads do their best to ground it."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Even though there's moments of exciting action and the reassembling of a government hierarchy violently taking place in front of you, The Berlin File is strapped to its restraints by its slow, meandering pace."
‑ Chris Sawin, Examiner.com
"'The Berlin File' takes Hollywood's penchant for spectacle and ADD visual neurosis to its logical albeit absurd conclusion."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, honeycuttshollywood.com
"As soon as "The Berlin File" takes flight with its exhilarating action set pieces, memories of any muddles evaporate amid the tension and vivid engagement with settings, from courtyards to fields."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"[A] formulaic but solid Cold War-style spy thriller, with North Korea pinch-hitting for the Soviet Union."
‑ Scott Foundas, Village Voice
"Retrospectively cold war in tone this provides action more brutal than balletic and the promise of a Bourne-style franchise in the making."
‑ Alan Bett, The Skinny
"A sporadically entertaining, modestly ambitious shoot 'em up that frequently succumbs to spelling out its subtext."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"The Berlin File benefits from gritty surroundings that add a cold war realism to this otherwise confusing tale of conflicted loyalties and secret agendas."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Everything here, except the action scenes, [feels] sluggish and rote."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The movie offers just about all you could ask of a genre flick: poisonings, defections, a secret North Korean bank account, gloriously choreographed fights that go insanely over the top, febrile tension and doomy romance (but no sex)."
‑ Craig Seligman, Bloomberg News
"The plot may be a challenge to figure out, but this crisply directed spy thriller from Korea holds your attention through its overall smooth professionalism."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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