Notable Cast: Ji-won Ha, Sung-kee Ahn, Ji-ho Oh
To say that South Korea has established themselves as one of the best cinema markets in the world might be the understatement of the year. Although many of their films fail to find mainstream US success, their critical acclaim overrides much of that. I, for one, will put all of my money on their continued success as genre film makers. Which is perhaps why the relative mediocrity of "Sector 7" came as a shock. Giant monster film set on an oil rig? I saw "The Host". I know that this film has potential to be relatively...scratch that...absolutely fucking awesome. Yet, "Sector 7" stumbles too often and relies too heavily on its visual effects to properly come off as it could have. The film is fun and has some great character work in it, but the plot plays off painfully predictable and the focus on CGI tends to make some laughable moments. Not quite what I was expecting at all.
Sector 7 has always been a lost cause when it came down to actually striking oil. The offshore rig is minimally ran, but Hae-jun (Ji-won Ha) is determined to find the oil that her father died looking for. She has to battle it out with the captain more often than not and her crew is talented, but rather odd. When the crew actually does find success and oil, they dredge up something else. Something hidden and dangerous...something that holds a secret that will either make them all rich or kill them in the process.
|I love blue collar heroes in these kinds of movies! It's like "The Thing," but not!
It's the latter half and some of its executions that drown this creature feature. The film focuses far too much on its CGI and it's only mediocre CGI at that. They green screen a ton of the oil rig back grounds (giving it a false, almost comic book-like look) and the monster's design is a bit baffling. It's definitely not the sleek and killer design with execution "The Host" had and my expectations were undercut there. Then to top it off, the film decides to give the monster portion of the film a "secret developmental program" reasoning for the 'why' to the 'what'. While it's rarely hinted at before hand, it seems like that motivation was definitely tacked on as an afterthought and far from developed to make the shock moment worth it.
|One order of crispy monster...coming up!
Written By Matt Reifschneider