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Save The Green Planet Review

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Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world.

★★★★★

Why do so many movies fall apart in the final reel? Jeong's excuse is that this is his debut, but with a little restraint he could have pulled off a madcap coup with this ambitious blend of sci-fi and serial-killing slapstick.

No-one borrows from other people's pictures with such grateful enthusiasm as a first-timer, and the director plunders the works of Jeunet and Caro, Shinya Tsukamoto and Takashi Miike in creating the underground HQ of a miner's son (Shin) who kidnaps an industrialist he suspects is preparing an alien invasion.

Their demented mind games are as entertaining as they're inventive, but Jeong can't resist plumping for a grandstand finish that undoes much of his previous good work.

Sci-fi slapstick that falls down at the final hurdle. What could have been a coup is instead a marginal win.