CARTER MOVIE REVIEW
Okay, we’re going to give you the synopsis of the plot, but let’s be clear here. It doesn’t matter. Seriously, “plot” isn’t why anyone would watch this movie. In the midst of a deadly pandemic caused by a virus which makes the infected patients violent and zombie-like, originating from the Korean DMZ that has already devastated the United States and North Korea, a man wakes up in a blood-soaked bed in a motel room in Seoul. He is intruded upon by armed CIA agents who threaten him asking the whereabouts of a Dr. Jung Byung-ho. With no recollections of his past, he doesn’t know who he is or why he is there, let alone who Dr. Jung is. A female voice inside his ear, which only he can hear, tells him that his name is Carter and he needs to follow her instructions if he wants to live. Following the voice, he escapes the room and begins a nearly nonstop bloody fight across the city, into the air, and into North Korea, confronting hundreds who try to kill him but he survives thanks to his extraordinary fighting and killing skills. There, that’s the premise. But what this movie really is is a fight scene, a gunfight scene, another fight scene, a car chase scene, a fight with cars and guns, fight, fight, another gun fight, another one with knives, and another one with guns, and a car chase, and a fight-fight-fight-fight. Bored yet? Well, strap in with Harmoni, Sarah Jane, Lewayne, and T.C., because this thing is over TWO HOURS LONG, and this is pretty much the whole movie. Anyway, more fighting, a fight with guns, fist fight, there’s a helicopter involved in one, fight, and fight, and roll credits. The Squad loves a good action flick, but they are hard pressed to call this one “good”, or even a movie. Maybe a video game, but not a movie.
DIRECTED BY: Jung Byung-gil
STARRING: Joo Won, Lee Sung-jae, Jeong So-ri, Kim Bo-min, Byeon Seo-yun, Jung Jae-young, Jung Hae-kyun, Camilla Belle, Mike Colter
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)
Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!
Sarah Jane (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Sarah Jane was born and raised in Southern California but currently calls Austin, TX her home. She’s seen over 5,700 movies so far with zero plans on stopping. She has a penchant for all things exploitation, and she loves Godzilla with all her heart. Her favorite films are Deep Red, Le Samourai, and Miller’s Crossing. When she isn’t watching movies, she’s busy herding her four cats, her husband, and her 11-year-old kiddo. She’s been a contributor to TalkFilmSociety, Daily Grindhouse, FThisMovie!, Looper, and the Austin Chronicle. You can find her on Twitter and Letterboxd at @fookthis.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
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