Space Sweepers Movie Review: Song Joong Ki's film tutors Hollywood how to include all of Earth in a space film

Space Sweepers Movie Review: Song Joong Ki and Kim Tae Ri's space sci-fi movie released on Netflix today. Before you watch it, take a look at our review.
Space Sweepers Movie Review: Song Joong Ki's film tutors Hollywood how to include all of Earth in a space film Space Sweepers Movie Review: Song Joong Ki's film tutors Hollywood how to include all of Earth in a space film
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Movie Name: Space Sweepers

Space Sweepers Cast: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Seon-kyu, Yoo Hae-jin and Richard Armitage. 

Space Sweepers Director: Jo Sung-hee

Space Sweepers Ratings: 3 stars

For years now, South Korean movies have been associated with gore horror, unbelievable fantasies, picturesque periods and weak in the knee romance in my head. Space sci-fi movies are a thing of Hollywood. From Interstellar to The Martian and 2019's Ad Astra are a few great examples of well-made sci-fi movies. However, when director Jo Sung-hee announced he was bringing forward a space sci-fi, Space Sweepers, it immediately caught my attention. South Korea's first sci-fi stars Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Seon-kyu, Yoo Hae-jin and Richard Armitage. 

Song Joong-ki plays the pilot Tae-ho of Victory spaceship while Kim Tae-ri takes the lead as Captain Jang. The talented Jin Seon-kyu essays the role of Tiger Park whereas Yoo Hae-jin doubles up as the humanoid robot Bubs. Armitage plays the evil James Sullivan in the movie. As the trailers have already revealed, Space Sweepers is set in the future. Artificial spaces are built for habitation after it is labelled unhealthy to live on. James Sullivan, who is responsible for these artificial habitats in the outer space, has his eyes set on Mars now. While he charges towards his plans, the movie shifts to a group of space junk collectors from Korea. Fighting against junk collectors from other countries in outer space, the Korean group of collectors manage to survive on the trash collected and sold. One of their junk collecting expeditions leads Tae-ho to discover a humanoid robot named Dorothy (played by Park Ye-rin) who is deemed as a weapon of mass destruction. 

In the greed to earn big bucks in a jiffy, the members of the spaceship decide to sell the robot at the black market. However, as the movie unfolds, they learn that there is more to the robot that meets the eye. While Dorothy's superpowers are teased time-to-time, viewers also learn the harsh backstory of each character. While Tae-ho struggles to find his daughter, who was lost in a space accident, Captain Jang strongly opposes James Sullivan's idea of space life. On the other hand, Tiger Park escaped beyond the orbit of Earth after he was sentenced to death. The team, including Bub, eventually come together with the purpose to save Dorothy and transform Earth into a habitable space. 

Considering Space Sweepers is South Korea's first space sci-fi movie, Jo Sung-hee has done a great job at making it an experiential movie. I wished that this movie would have released in theatres, like it was meant to be, instead of finding its way to the small screen for the visuals and sound effects were meant for a big-screen experience. Nevertheless, as Kim Tae-ri suggested in a recent interview, I did pull down the drapes and turned my room into a home theatre to enjoy the experience. The outstanding visuals were supported by good acting. It was a treat to watch Song Joong-ki back on the screen after two and a half years. The actor adopted Tae-ho as his own and delivered a memorable performance. 

However, personally, Kim Tae-ri was an unexpected treat. The actress, who was seen in projects like The Handmaiden and Little Forest, comes through as the boss lady in the movie. Jin Seon-kyu juggled the shades of a soft Uncle Tiger and the vengeance-fuelled Tiger with ease. Yoo Hae-jin adds the laughs with Bubs. The character's chemistry with Dorothy is something to watch out for! 

Having said that, I personally loved Jin Seon-kyu's attempt to integrate various ethnicities, unlike many revered and critically acclaimed Hollywood sci-fi movies featuring events in the USA. The movie features an English speaking villain, a European man smitten by a Korean woman, a manager from a South Asian country (assumingly from India or Pakistan) and many more characters from different parts of the world. Jin Seon-kyu made sure to not hinder their languages by incorporating a smart hearing device that helps translate the language. This inclusion clearly stood out in the movie.

However, I did have an issue with the pace of the movie. Space Sweepers hits a few bumps on its way to the thrilling climax. The engine of the movie malfunctions when it shifts gears from the main plot to subplots, hindering the pace of the movie. The movie could also have been reduced down by a few minutes for a better impact. 

Final Verdict: Space Sweepers is slow but proves as a fun watch with a few gags and drama keeping the viewers hooked as they head towards the entertaining climax. 

ALSO READ: Space Sweepers' Song Joong Ki on starring in 'Korea’s first space sci fi' film: I feel as if I’ve become a kid

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