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The Tube (Bilingual)

Seok-hun Kim , Sang-min Park , Woon-hak Baek    DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take the A Train May 15 2004
Format:DVD
Let's get something straight right from the get-go: TUBE isn't SHIRI ... nor does it try to be. While Woon-Hak Baek is the genius behind both of these films, he's created two entirely different vehicles ... both with their own unique narratives ... and one shouldn't enter into the TUBE expecting the political firestorm that was SHIRI.
However, what one can expect is a great action movie that tries to hard to be something more than a great action movie.
The premise is simple: T (Sang-Min Park) takes control of a crowded subway train, loading it with explosives so that the authorities risk detonation if they try to stop it. However, Detective Jay -- vengefully hunting the terrorist who killed his fiance -- manages to board the train, and he spends the bulk of the film trying to outsmart (and, when necessary, outfight) someone he's always been one step behind.
So, yes, the film can clearly be compared to SPEED as well as DIE HARD, to a lesser extent, but what those films lacked in depth of character Woon-hak Baek goes to great lengths to create here. However, when the film slows down to focus on character, it slows down too much. Too many secondary characters are given a backstory (or a B plotline) that weighs down the narrative with some unnecessary emotional baggage (in SHIRI, Baek focused on principally three characters, hence the greater success). Inevitable choices still have to be made, so the emotional depth ends up being thrown in for the sake of ... well ... being thrown in, and the end result is a bit of a mess.
Character elements aside, however, TUBE moves along briskly as a convincing action vehicle with some solid special effects.
While the disc is slim on extras (there is a music video and a "making of" featurette that's far more promotional than it is informative), TUBE is still worth entering for the sheer thrill of the ride.
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4.0 out of 5 stars awsome action May 12 2004
By Dogman
Format:DVD
If you like good action with a bit of a story and good acting, then the 'Tube' is a good bet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good, but falls short to shiri May 2 2004
Format:DVD
this was an entertaining movie that you'd just want to rent and relax for a night...there was a fair amount of action, not as non-stopped as the cover claims....if you haven't seen shiri yet, then i'd recommend watching that before you watch this movie...so who cares if it isn't original and the dvd case cover art is a rip-off from transporter...most action movies today aren't original any more...its more about presentation when it comes to action movies...actors who played jay and T were excellent...my major gripe is the girl...if anything, she was more annoying and some of her lines were very corny...supposedly she's the main star's girlfriend but sure doesn't come off that way....the other criticism is the special forces or swat team in this movie...there's like two bad guys and like 30-50 special forces and they all get slaughtered? i know its an action flick and there's gonna be some exaggerated elements to it, but even this movie went to far to show the ineptness of the special forces...even shiri was a little more plausible w/ the special forces although they get their butts kicked too by a few guys, but not to the degree as with this movie...still, in the end, it was fun to watch despite the story dulling cuz of the girl
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3.0 out of 5 stars TUBE April 24 2004
Format:DVD
Woon-Hak Baek did NOT direct OR write "Shiri". "Tube" is his first and only film. The DVD cover for the R1 release of "Tube" from Columbia is therefore confusing, because it is misleading.
Otherwise though, this is a high-action movie that is worth at least a rental. Bae Du-na is wonderful as usual. However, there are many much better films coming out of South Korea these days that deserve more attention. Unfortunately, US companies seem to be mainly interested in action movies. Too bad.
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