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.