Despite being a Korean release, it’s sad to say that Unstoppable (2018) is one of the most disappointing films of the year. Don Lee (Ma Dong-Seok) stars as a fish market worker who is trying to right the wrong of some bad investments that have put a stranglehold on his marriage. One night, after getting into a minor traffic incident, the couple runs into a group of shady people who have a particular interest in his wife. It turns out the group is a dangerous human sex trafficking ring who kidnaps women and pay off their significant other. With little help from police and time running out, Lee must take the law into his own hands if he ever wants to see his wife again.
There is only one word that comes in mind for this film…Boring. The film is such a slow build that you can’t help but feel misled by the trailer. Despite being sold a gritty action film, it takes nearly an hour to resemble the film you showed up to watch in the first place. Don Lee himself as the main character is barely portrayed as a brooding leading man but rather a reluctant participant. It is hard to tell what the film is trying to be at times, especially when characters are added for the pure purpose of comic relief. The real star of the movie is the over the top villain played by Seong-oh Kim. His campy yet terrifying performance is the only thing that actually works in this melting pot of narratives.
Despite a lot of downs, Unstoppable does eventually find it’s footing in the 2nd half and eventually provides you the entertaining satisfaction of a Don Lee movie you were looking for. Unstoppable is a victim of bad marketing and not properly setting up expectations of an otherwise passable thriller.