Undoing

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Undoing Review


Some people have what it takes to get revenge. Some people don't. That's the painful lesson that Sam Kim (Sung Kang) learns as he pokes a stick into the hornet's nest of L.A.'s drug underworld and stirs up a lot more trouble than he expects. Chris Chan Lee's Undoing tells Sam's story, and though it's marred by way too many film school editing tricks, it's still a gripping little tale.

Sam should have stayed in Singapore, where he fled after accompanying his best friend Joon (Leonardo Nam) on a drug deal that went very bad and left Joon bleeding to death in Sam's getaway car. Rather than go to the cops, Sam hid the car and the body, taking his secret with him.

A year later he's back to settle the score with the drug dealers, scam them out of $25,000, let everyone know what happened to Joon, and perhaps reignite his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Vera (Kelly Hu). Having learned that the drug ring includes a female police detective, he works out a blackmail scheme, and asks for guidance from his former partner in crime and wise mentor Don Osa (Tom Bower), who, like the audience no doubt, keeps urging Sam to walk away from all this and get on with his life. Don is retired himself, as he keeps reminding Sam, and he doesn't want to get involved. Still he likes Sam too much to let him tangle alone with the likes of hit man Leon (Russell Wong), who is cool, violent, and not to be messed with.

But don't expect too much violence on these mean streets. Undoing is as much of a mood piece studying Sam's messed-up motivations and vague notions of justice as it is a blackmail caper. There's lots of thinking, driving, subdued conversations, and unfortunate slo-mo digressions and collages of still photographs that, I suppose, are designed to suggest that the film "is about something." Lee would have been better served by moving straight ahead more rigorously and giving Sam a bit more room to breathe and explain himself. As it is, this taciturn protagonist remains too much of a mystery as he drives around Koreatown. Kang does about as much as he can with the part of Sam is it's underwritten, but we'd care more if we could get to know him a little better.

Sittin' on the dock of the LTD.



Undoing

Facts and Figures

Run time: 90 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 5th December 2007

Distributed by: Indican

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 31%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 9

IMDB: 4.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Chris Chan Lee

Producer: Karin Chien, George Huey, , Eric Kim, ,

Starring: David Shuck as The Man, Zoë Lescaze as The Woman, Will Stafstrom as The Other

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