Review in Brief: Psychokinesis (2018)

What does Yeon Sang-ho, do after directing companion zombie thrillers TRAIN TO BUSAN and SEOUL STATION? Why a comedy-soap-superhero movie, of course! PSYCHOKINESIS follows a deadbeat dad (Ryu Seung-ryong) using telekinetic superpowers acquired from meteorite-contaminated springwater to save his daughter (Shim Eun-kyung) and her neighbours’ shopping arcade from greedy business developers. A common theme among Korean comedies is family dysfunction and that’s in abundance here, with Roo-mi unwilling to take her dad, who abandoned her as a child, back, no matter what useful powers he’s bestowed with. Amusingly everyone who gets a demonstration of power acts shocked and amazed apart from Roo-mi, who just tells her dad to stop messing around. The action is pretty well executed for the budget, peppered with slapstick and chucklesome details (the henchmen all wear hard hats in the fight scenes because they’re the henchmen of a building company). Your mileage on this one will be pretty dependent on your tolerance for soap opera over-acting and goofy humour, but I really enjoyed it. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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2 Responses to Review in Brief: Psychokinesis (2018)

  1. indiefan20 says:

    I really liked “Train to Busan” but this movie looked too silly for me. This filmmaker really has a thing for deadbeat dads, doesn’t he? 😛

    • It is very silly, but I enjoyed it precisely because of that. I’ve found the humour in a fair few South Korean films skews towards the exaggerated. He does indeed, I wonder what genre he’ll put them in the middle of next?

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