Project Wolf Hunting (2022)

Director: Kim Hong-sun

Running Time: 122 Minutes

Certification: 18

Starring: Seo In-Guk, Dong-Yoon Jang, Gwi-hwa Choi, Dong-il Sung, Park Ho-San, Chang-Seok Ko, Jang Young-Nam, Son Jong-hak, Lee Sung-wook, Moon-Sung Jung, Ji Yoon Hong

Writer/director Kim Hong-sun opens his latest film with police on a mission; extraditing dangerous criminals from the Philippines back to South Korea. An initial transport on a plane meets with tragedy, forcing the police to change tactics and transport the remaining prisoners via cargo ship. As the officers prepare for a difficult three-days on the floating prison, the prisoners coordinate an escape which escalates into a bloody riot.

As the prisoners and their outside allies exact vicious revenge on the officers, everyone is shocked to discover the freighter is harbouring a more sinister enemy. What begins in action territory, resembling Con Air on a cargo ship, takes an unforeseen turn towards survival horror which effectively alters the film viewers had been watching.

With such a large amount of characters to show, it's a credit that the script does so well juggling their appearances. Many of them leave an impression, including tattooed prisoner Jong-Du (Seo In-Guk) who relishes his villainous status, although one wishes more of them had strong characterization. For many of the characters, the best they get is a killer line regarding how an animal "shouldn't pretend it's human".

Despite the many characters on-screen, the real star of the film is the gnarly violence. Throughout the confined setting, the film delivers close quarters brutality and impactful violence that's thrilling to witness, as tons of blood flow on-screen while spraying the surroundings. What's captured brings to mind 2018's The Night Comes For Us, as the grisly kills leaves American action films comparatively looking like Teletubbies. This is a wild ride bursting with imagination and mean-spirited action, with a sequel being eagerly anticipated.

Project Wolf Hunting is available on the Icon Film channel now. It will be available in cinemas from March 10th, and on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital from April 10th.