Escape from Mogadishu is a historical thriller
set during the Somali Civil War in the early 1990s, as both the North and South
Korean embassies lobbying the Somali government for support to be admitted into
the United Nations. Although based on a true story, Escape from Mogadishu
also relies on tropes expected of genre films, which adds familiarity and excitement
to a historical narrative many may not remember. It is also idealistic in
nature, which is not necessarily a bad thing for a film traversing the complex
relationship between North and South Koreans. In many ways it reminded me of similar South Korean films, such as Joint Security Area and Swing Kids.