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A would-be North Korean defector still reeling over the killing of his family by the communist government when he was just a child determines to destroy the Korean peninsula in a tense, politically minded action thriller directed by Kwak Kyung-taek and starring Jang Dong-gun, Lee Jung-jae, and Lee Mi-yeon. When a vessel sailing a few hundred kilometers off the northeast port of Jt Long in Taiwan is hijacked by pirates and the National Intelligence Service learns that a nuclear guidance kit has been stolen, they quickly dispatch naval lieutenant Kang, Se-jong (Lee Jung-jae) to find out who was… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like a poor manā(TM)s Tony Scott movie."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Director Kyung-Taek Kwak orchestrates all this with flair, but leading man Lee doesn't have much to offer beyond a steely stoicism, and Jang's histrionic villainy borders on the parodic."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Typhoon is a goofy mess, plenty exhilarating in all the right spots, except for the character ones."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"As desperately overblown as anything Hollywood has ever concocted."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"Limps along like an arthritic dog."
‑ , BBC.com
"Caught up in a triple vortex of poor scripting, unexciting action and leads you couldn't care less about, the pic boasts good production values but little else."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"The movie delivers the same old American action-flick themes of catastrophe narrowly averted, but the Korean version alters the meaning from triumph to sorrow."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"what on paper just sounds like adrenaline-pumped nonsense turns out on screen to be a sensitive and surprisingly sombre study of the personal tragedies afflicting the divided Koreas."
‑ Anton Bitel, musicOMH.com
"Bad acting butts heads with bad-ass action."
‑ , Times [UK]
"Pure action-thriller adventure is ruined with an overly melodramatic second half."
‑ Kat Brown, Empire Magazine
"Typhoon aims high but misses the emotional mark in most instances, resulting in some awkward melodramatics."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"It has a fair sense of documentary reality, and the action sequences -- from shootout to car chase to a commando takedown of a tanker on the high seas to a final knife fight -- are extremely well managed."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"As mad as meth-fried badgers having shoes thrown at them... and makes about as much sense."
‑ Tom Hawker, Total Film
"Large chunks have been lost in translation."
‑ Saxon Bullock, Film4
"A muscular Korean thriller that hearkens back to the monolithic Hollywood blockbusters of a decade or so ago-but not in a good way."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
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