Recalled Review: High On Emotion, Low On Coherentness

Some people can’t remember where they parked their car last night, others wish they could forget the complete cluster of a film known as “Recalled”.


“Recalled” is a South Korean mystery about a woman named Soo-jin (Seo Yea-ji) who is involved in an accident and loses her memory. During her road to recovery, she begins to see visions of the future and as illusions start becoming reality. Soo-Jin begins to struggle with what is real and what is in her head. However, the deeper she gets into her visions of the future, the more confusing her memories become. Soo Jin’s memories force her to come face-to-face with the brutal truth about her husband Ji-hoon (Kim Kang-woo) which will make her question her entire existence.

“Recalled” is a film that suffers from too many twists. The plot revolves around a woman who struggles between reality and illusion after a traumatic brain injury. When the film begins to explain what is happening, the film begins to rapidly fire one red herring after another for the sake of being mysterious. 


Our protagonist first believes that she can see visions of the future but it turns out that she is seeing versions of her younger self who is reliving her past. This arc ultimately has nothing to do with the main storyline. We later dig deeper into her life with her brother as well as her husband, every reveals into the life of Soo Jin ends in a twist from that reveal that invalidates a large portion of the story up to that point.

This rolling bait and switch make the film drag through the finish line of its 99-minute runtime. “Recalled” is a depressing fest of sadness if you are into emotionally driven plots, but it also doesn’t make for the best moviegoing experience. 





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