Actors: Choi Seung-hyun, Han Ye-ri, Jo Sung-ha
As far as social or political issues are concerned, Commitment really has nothing of significance to say about the constant struggle between North and South Korea, but it does provide some undeniably impressive action sequences with Korean rap/pop superstar Choi Seung-Hyun (aka T.O.P.) heading up the cast. In other words, this is a blockbuster with plenty of entertainment and very little concern for realism or social relevance. Fans of South Korean action films, particularly the popular sub-genre of professional killer crime films recently released, will find this a worthwhile endeavor.
The film’s basic premise is creative enough to set it apart somewhat, involving a teenager posing as a high school student while moonlighting as a spy and an assassin. When his father does not return from an espionage mission in
South Korea, Myung-hoon (Seung-hyun) is forced
to become a spy for in order to protect his sister (Han
Ye-ri) from the malevolent Northern forces. In order to get his sister out of
the North Korean labor prison camp, Myung-hoon defects to North
enrolls in high school. At night he goes out and kills people in order to get
money for the men holding his sister, though never seems to be making any political
advances for his country. The politics become muddled and his own side
threatens to kill him rather than bring him home. South Korea
The secondary storyline of Myung-hoon’s cover as a high school student provides him with the opportunity to meet a bullied classmate named Hye-in (Kim Yoo-jeong), which also gives him an ally when nobody else can be trusted. No spy film would be complete without a double-cross, and Commitment hardly disappoints, but it is paired with the signature South Korean sentimentality in the melodrama. The film simultaneously presents a protagonist with the brutal ability to kill, but also one with the kindhearted convictions of doing it for those he wants to protect.
The Blu-ray release includes a making-of featurette and a trailer.
Entertainment Value: 8.5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 7.5/10
Historical Significance: 7/10
Special Features: 4.5/10