I love motorcycles. The word just wreaks of danger and evokes images of long crazy rides with the wind blowing in someone’s hair. Preferably yours. No? Well, it does for me. Probably because I just checked out last summer’s action packed flick QUICK (퀵). The rhyming was unintentional but what I’m about to say about this movie is straight from the heart. It’s a non stop ride full of explosions, crazy madmen, rekindled romances and hilarious comedy. Director Jo Beom Goo got it right, and I’m grateful.
Han Gi Soo, played by Lee Min Gi, is a bad boy motorcycle gang leader turned delivery boy. While out for a routine pick up he finds he has to deliver his former, now famous flame, Ah Rom (Kang Ye Won), to perform with her popular girl group. After a minor argument about who gets to wear the helmet, which Ah Rom wins, she unknowingly straps a bomb to her head. Together the pair get caught up in a plan by an anonymous mastermind to bomb various buildings throughout the city. The plan’s evil twist is that they have a certain amount of time to get the bombs to each location or else the bomb on her head will blow up. As you can guess this makes for a lot of frantic action and, I’m pleased to say amazing stunts. The addition of seasoned character actors Kim In Kwon, Ko Chang Seok and Joo Jin Mo doesn’t hurt matters either.
This movie made my heart race as much as I wanted to and made me laugh a lot more than I thought it would. The stunts had that kind of dangerous amazing quality that was almost refreshing for me. Let’s face it, these days action movies rarely leave you saying, “Wow”, because we’ve kind of seen it all before. That is not the case here. Also, the one thing I found missing from the trailer, probably because I’m not fluent in Korean, was the humor. From an actor’s stand point there were some shining moments where the actors fed off of one another perfectly. Some of the more serious moments bordered a little too much on cheesy for my taste but they are a minor point. If you’re up for a thrilling ride, check out QUICK tonight.
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