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Final Gravity

'Battle for Incheon: Operation Chromite'
(Jung-ja Lee, Liam Neeson, Beom-su Lee, Se-Yeon Jin, et al / DVD / NR / 2016 / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Overview: A squad of South Korean soldiers fight in the Korean War's crucial Battle of Incheon against the North Korean army.

DVD Verdict: The more evolved synopsis of this movie, originally called just 'Operation Chromite" is that American General Douglas MacArthur (Liam Neeson) sends eight members of the Korean Liaison Office, led by a South Korean Navy Lieutenant (Lee Jung-Jae) on a secret mission far behind North Korean lines to carry out Operation "X-ray". This covert operation must succeed so that MacArthur can launch the daring Incheon Landing Operation.This is a fictionalized version of the historical CIA/military intelligence operation "Trudy Jackson", part of Operation Chromite.

Personally, I had honestly never heard of directer Lee Jae-Han prior to watching this little gem of a movie, but after this experience I will be eager to see what he cooks up next. Don't sit down and expect over the top visual effects for not every one has Michael Bay's budget! Then again, I will take a decent story over VFX any day, but hey that's just me. If you think otherwise feel free to skip this - but that would be a big mistake, trust me.

And so, for the people that have a keen eye for details and a rich backstory as I do, 'Operation Chromite' is definitely going to be right up your alley, so to speak. I will admit that I had little to zero knowledge before going into this of this real life battle and so it did end up teaching me a bit of history - which might not matter to a lot of people, but I do feel that a movie should be more then just a simplistic way to pass the time.

Indeed, I have been a mighty big fan of Liam Neeson's work for some time now, so his involvement in this might be affecting my review, granted. But not that much, and definitely not in any overly significant way, for the story line is quite vigorous and Neeson's role as MacArthur is played with all his usual passion and knowledge garnered from years upon years of both TV and stage work.

FYI: North Korea has described the film as "ridiculous bravado from ignorant lunatics", but that's only to be expected from that corner of the world, in my humble opinion. You seem 'Operation Chromite' was released in Korea on July 27th, 2016 and yet, with what has come out via their press, has already become a big hit of that year in Korea. It may not make waves at festivals over here, but it's not at all bad and is worth checking out. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Making Of Featurette
Trailer

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