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The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) – English Review

A gangster and a cop are trying to find a serial killer who kills innocent people. They decide to cooperate, but they both have two different plans for the serial killer if they catch him.

The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil is a movie that has a cool title, but the movie disappointed me with the content it offers. What becomes a problem is when the gangster and the cop have to work together. Then you expect sparkling chemistry between these two characters. Give me Mel Gibson and Danny Glover from Lethal Weapon. That’s good chemistry!

But there’s no chemistry between them. The only interesting character to follow is the gangster played by Ma Dong-seok, which most people should recognize if you have watched South Korean movies in recent years. He’s always solid, he’s built like a tank and he has to carry the movie on his big shoulders.

The serial killer is ridiculous. He just kills, and that’s the only thing he does. He has zero personality, you never get to know him and he’s not a pretty man. He looks like a big loser, and he is not scary. And that he can do as he pleases without the police being close to catching him is not believable at all.

As usual in a South Korean movie, they present the police as incompetent. Since I started watching South Korean movies, the police have always been incompetent. We can only hope that it doesn’t reflect reality.

People who are killed by the serial killer are only part of the statistics. They have no personality. And with that, I was unable to care about the victims. That is irritating, to say the least. The movie should have had a central character that the serial killer chased and that we could care about. But we do not find this character in this movie. And when the chemistry between the cop and the gangster is not present, it’s difficult to get fully engaged.

The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil is a movie that failed to engage me. It becomes predictable, and it’s so tiring watching so much stupidity that you only see in entertainment movies like this.

Rating: 5/10

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