Typhoon (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 2, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A pseudo-political thriller on the fritz, Typhoon drowns in its own heavy handedness and silly acting.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Like a poor manā(TM)s Tony Scott movie.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

David Cornelius

Typhoon is a goofy mess, plenty exhilarating in all the right spots, except for the character ones.

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Derek Elley

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

Anton Bitel

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.

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Laura Kern
New York Times

Typhoon aims high but misses the emotional mark in most instances, resulting in some awkward melodramatics.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

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.

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Tom Hawker
Total Film

As mad as meth-fried badgers having shoes thrown at them... and makes about as much sense.

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