Review of 'Space Sweepers ("Seungriho")'

space_sweepers.jpg In the year 2092 the easy-going crew of space junker “The Victory” is former child soldier Kim Tae-ho (Song Joong-Ki), desperate to find his child who was a victim of a space accident; mechanic Tiger Park (Seon-kyu Jin); and cocky android Bubs (voiced by Hae-Jin Yoo). They are led by the ultra-cool Captain Jang (Kim Tae-ri). When salvaging a spacecraft they are startled to find a young girl by the name of “Dorothy” (Ye-Rin Park) in the wreckage. After an aborted attempt at extracting a ransom for the return of the child they quickly find there are bigger forces at work who will stop at nothing to obtain the child, a child who the crew learn just so happens to be embedded with technology that makes her a weapon of mass destruction.

A bit of a cliched film of stereotypical characters but a huge amount of fun with incredible special effects and a heck of a lot of action. Billed as a Korean space blockbuster it took a bit of time to get into it, but suspend your disbelief and just go with it. The quirky dialogue, the gratuitous disregard of all known laws of physics, the jerky camera movements…it is all a lot of fun. What truly stands out are the amazing visuals and fantastically intricate action sequences. The story is basic, but good with a bit of digression and a bit of a surprise ending. The acting is adequate with silly, exaggerated character movements that you might expect and typical of comedic Korean films.

All in all, good, silly, fun.

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2021-02-26

Directed by: Sung-hee Jo

Studio: Bidangil Pictures

Year: 2021

Length: 136 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction