Carter Movie

Story

In CARTER, Carter (Joo Won) wakes up with no memory, a bald spot shaved in the back of his head, and an earpiece in his ear with a woman’s voice telling him to fight and run if he wants to live. He follows the woman’s voice, fending off CIA agents and Korean bathhouse patrons by the dozens. Korea is in the midst of a DMZ virus that has mostly been eradicated in South Korea, but North Korea still struggles with it. Carter tries to figure out which side he’s supposed to be on and who his allies are. He finds the daughter of a scientist and must track down the scientist who discovered the vaccine for the virus and he must also get his memory back and find his .

Plot

Shattering both your low expectations and will to live, Netflix’s Carter is an action film so ridiculous that you’ll often wish that you were among the scores of faceless villains whose heads are smashed to a pulp by the film’s protagonist. A quick and cartoonish death, at least, would mean that you wouldn’t have to endure another minute of this interminably torturous experience.

Starring Joo Won as an amnesiac spy who’s tasked with transporting a young girl to North Korea amid a zombie plague, Carter is directed by Jung Byung-gil, who gained international recognition after directing the action film The Villainess. Fans of that movie will remember show-stopping set-pieces that director Jung had filmed in unbroken single takes, one of which was copied in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum. In Carter, he ambitiously extends this style to feature length. And his dedication to see this silly idea through till the end treads the fine line between ambition and delusion.

Result

By the end of the film, Carter has all of his memories back and the doctor was able to use Ha-na’s blood to cure Yoon-hee. When last we see Carter, Jung-hee, Yoon-hee, Dr. Jung Byung-ho (Jung jae-young), and Ha-na, they’re aboard a train operated by the Chinese government that’s carrying a whole bunch of infected people to the city of Dandong in China.

And then the bridge explodes in front of the train, leading all of our heroes with a one-way ticket to a watery grave. Roll credits!

Yep, seriously, that’s where it ends. That’s the end of the movie. Important to note, though, that Jung-hee said earlier that there was no way the North Korean government could stop the train, so that it was up to them to stop it. In that context, it’s a good thing that the bridge was blown up. Now all those infected passengers won’t make their way to China.

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