Bong Joon-hoís seminal 2006 masterpiece
The Host casts a long shadow in its native land, and will no doubt
set the gold standard for Korean monster films for many a year to come.
Which is perhaps unfortunate for hardworking fare such as Sector 7,
which despite the best efforts of third time filmmaker Kim Ji-hun cannot
hope to compete with its predecessor in terms of casting and effects and
has thus far received the most lukewarm reviews of Kimís heretofore
promising directorial career.
The problem seems to be one of focus. Kim
clearly has a wide range of thematic interests; his first film was a
comedy about a detective who infiltrates a potential drug ring, his
second a drama based on the real-life massacre of several hundred
students during the 1980 anti-government protests in Gwangju. Perhaps
in keeping with this tendency Sector 7 is all over the place
stylistically; one minute playing for high drama, the next incorporating
slapstick and sassy dialogue (or in one notable instance an impromptu
and highly improbable motorcycle race) before promptly reverting back to
drama again. The Alien influence is clear, perhaps a little too
much so, though by the midway point of the movie when the monster is
actually introduced viewers will likely wonder where heís be hiding all
this time as opposed to ruminating on the similarities between central
character Cha and Sigourney Weaverís Ripley.
The premise is an endlessly promising one:
set aboard an oil rig where anything that can go wrong will go wrong,
thereís plenty of opportunity for deep-sea misadventures as well as the
slow physical and psychological destruction of those aboard the rig
itself, whose number include well known Korean actress Ha Ji-won and Oh
Ji-Ho of My Wife is a Gangster fame. Yet with its variable
acting and uneasy melding of laughs and scares, Sector 7 never
really gets the chance to take off.
A Making Of Featurette (5:25), Cast
Interviews (3:09), an Action Choreography Featurette (2:04), Visual
Effects Featurette (2:02) and several Trailers.