A man who enjoys climbing is at a party with his family. But then a bad man shows up in the center of the city and he releases a toxic gas that fills up the city and many people die. The protagonist, his family, and his friends are trapped inside a large building and now they must try to survive until help arrives.
Exit is a light entertainment movie from South Korea that was a box office success. I see and understand why the movie did well because this is a movie for the whole family. But it lacks the little extra, and what it lacks most is real suspense.
The big problem is that the movie is very predictable. It has a big problem and it’s that you never feel that the two central characters in the movie are in grave danger. The tone indicates that this will go well for the central characters we follow, which kills the tension. It’s a bit of a shame because the movie has some scenes that could be suspenseful and increased the heart rate if you as a viewer thought that some of central characters might die.
The movie mixes suspense and humor, and the humor is of the cheap kind. I didn’t laugh a single time, the movie tries in several scenes to be funny without succeeding.
There is a lot of focus on two characters. And they are quite creative when they first use their brain cells to get away from the toxic gas or help someone else, so that’s good.
If there is one thing that is really annoying in Exit, it’s the cheap and awful drama scenes. Especially when we see crying and group crying. My God, what we are seeing is, to put it mildly, shit! I have noticed for many years that in many of these light South Korean blockbusters, the actors cannot convey emotions in a normal, human way without resorting to overacting.
Exit is a movie that has some creative moments, but it fails to impress when there is no suspense. The concept is perfectly fine. It’s like following a group of characters aboard a sinking ship where the poison gas cloud rises upwards and the group must go higher to avoid the poison gas cloud until help arrives. But the movie fails to be a suspense movie when you never feel that the two central characters are in grave danger.