Sunday, April 2, 2017

Now on Netflix: Pandora (2017)

Pandora (2017) - Directed by Jong-woo Park; Starring Nam-gil Kim, Jin-yeong Jeong, Kim Joo-Hyun, Shin-Il Kang, Dae-Myung Kim, Myung-min Kim, Se-dong Kim, Yeong-ae Kim, Kyeong-yeong Lee, Jung-hee Moon, Seung-mok Yoo.

By Kenny Howell

A nuclear power plant faces meltdown, and the men that work that are forced to stare down death in order to save their city in this better than expected South Korean drama.

Jae-Hyeok has worked at the nuclear facility for a few years while taking care of his mom and girlfriend, but his life is put in jeopardy when one of the nuclear reactors starts to fail. The facility has seen neglect over the years, as the government chose to ignore obvious deficiencies that led to the accident. Soon, radiation starts pouring into the area around the facility and spreads outward, putting the entire city in danger.

Since Jae-Hyeok and his co-workers were at the site at the time of the accident, they have already been exposed to the radiation, and must choose to fight through the obvious pain and impending death to save everyone.

Pandora is a bit long at 136 minutes, but other than that, it is well-told, kind of haunting story of people being put in a no-win situation for themselves, but sacrificing for the greater good. It is unflinching at times at showing what the danger of this kind of incident could be, which really lands the more dramatic elements of the film. Director Jong-woo Park doesn't sugarcoat it at all, and it ends up being its being a very effective work.

Pandora is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: ***

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