Presented by new director Kim Bong-joo,
time-travel suspense flick “The Phone” offers a cast with excellent thriller
credentials in this year alone.
actor Son Hyun-ju (“Chronicles of Evil”) plays Ko Dong-ho, a corporate lawyer
who decides to leave his job because of the constant death threats -- only to
have his wife Yeon-su (Uhm Ji-won of “The Silenced”) murdered on his last day,
with no clues leading to the murderer.
speeds forward one year to the anniversary of Yeon-su’s death. Dong-ho is
struggling to cope with his loss and still obsessed with the unsolved crime.
Then, he suddenly gets a call from his wife -- who is still alive and well, one
begins his mission to find a way to save his wife by speaking to her on the
phone, which connects them although they are in worlds a year apart. But soon,
he finds himself being chased down by Do Jae-hyun (Bae Sung-woo, “Office”), who
hunts Yeon-su in 2014 while hunting Dong-ho in 2015.
and smartly cut, “The Phone” can be a bit difficult to follow at times because
the story takes place simultaneously in two time settings. But Son Hyun-ju and
Bae Sung-woo prove to be apt adversaries who keep the plot a fair fight until
the film’s end, and the movie moves along quickly enough to spare the audience
the need to understand every plot detail.
By Won Ho-jung (email@example.com)