Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

General

A COMPANY MAN (review)

Review by Dean Galanis

The feature writing and directing debut from Sang-yoon Lim, A COMPANY MAN is a rather impressive action/noir/corporate satire.

It stars Ji-seob So as a loyal worker for a company that on the surface deals with metals, but is in actuality a hitman-for-hire organization.

So is a trusted, efficient worker for the company…until, through a series of circumstances, he wants out.

The company does not take this news well…

Fast-paced, exciting, brutal, emotionally involving, A COMPANY MAN is anything but boring. 

While it certainly owes a strong debt to films ranging from Michael Mann’s THIEF to John Woo’s THE KILLER, from DRIVE to the BOURNE films, Lim’s feature still never succumbs to “you’ve seen it all before” disinterest.

So is subdued yet charismatic (not unlike Ryan Gosling in DRIVE), and the supporting cast is uniformly fine.

The action scenes are heart pounding and witty; there’s a terrific, super-stylish fight between three people in a car that is very cleverly handled. Many of the fight scenes and shootouts are kinetic but brief, but hold on for the climax. MINOR SPOILER: anyone who has ever worked in a crappy job with crappy people will have a whopper of a wish fulfillment action climax to savor. This is where Lim’s inner Woo comes out strongest.

One of the most intriguing, relatable aspects of the film is that if you look past the gunplay, it’s really about a guy who’s sick of his job, and more specifically, with his company and corporate politics. Lim has taken the average Joe’s disillusionment with the middle class dream and made it into a gun opera, and God bless him for it.

Lim occasionally teeters dangerously close to pretension (his use of a hawk to symbolize So’s desire to be free is made palatable in its second appearance, which is actually subtle and amusing), and while the film flies by like a bat out of hell, the at-times almost epic feel is muted by the short running time.

No matter. This is a terrific debut, warts and all. I’m looking forward to great things from Sang-yoon Lim.

A Company Man is now available to watch via iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Playstation, Xbox, Youtube, Google, and DVD/Blu-ray
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like

Columns/Features

Batwoman Season 2 To Replace Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane With a New Character Leaving behind a season of unresolved plotlines, Ruby Rose’s exit, as...

Movies

FilmRise is proud to present special collectors editions of Sukiyaki Western Django on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats on June 16th. The film is...

Columns/Features

HBO Releases Perry Mason Trailer HBO has released a trailer for the upcoming series reboot of Perry Mason starring Matthew Rhys (The Americans), giving...

Movies

Executive Produced by Princeton Holt, Krystyna Hutchinson, Pablo Minier, Tahuanty Pena, Margarita Perez, Daria Scoccimarr Produced and Directed by Jorgy Cruz Featuring Wendi Starling,...

%d bloggers like this: