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The Man From Nowhere (2010)

The Man From Nowhere (2010)

A little girl (So-mi) visits a pawnshop near her apartment sometimes. A young man lives there (Tae-sik). He doesn't say much. He lives alone. He treats her to food sometimes. The girl's mom isn't the best role model - she smuggles drugs, among other things, and one day she gets greedy. As a result both mother and daughter are kidnapped, though the mother shows up soon again. Dead.

It's not your typical revenge flick, with a bad-ass lone-wolf who beats down everyone in his way with ease - even if Bin Won is both bad ass and a lone wolf. They take it slow. The tension rises.

The atmosphere builds up nicely, and it feels both dark and authentic, with action scenes that they initially skip since the opponents are too weak - as if you see the fight through the opponents more often than through the man from nowhere. And sometimes the opponents don't see shit. It gets fiercer and fiercer though, and the dual against sadistic hitman Ramrowan (played by Thanayong Wongtrakul) is the real deal.

It's nothing out of this world, but it is genuinely good all the way through. The story might seem straight-forward at first, but it has its twists, and backstory to the characters that builds up overtime. And some details are complicated. Like how the hitman actually helps the girl, but makes Tae-sik believe she's dead. Is it to provoke him? To fight him? Out of loyalty for his employer? What's his purpose? It feels like characters are closer, and more believable that way, and you gain a sense of empathy even for this one villain, which makes the fight even more emotional.

Similar movies come to mind, but this one still stands out as maybe the most streamlined movie of the sort. It grows nicely, reveals, intensifies, and ends. With finality. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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