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Cherry Pop

(Eum Tae-Woong, et al / DVD / R / (2010) 2011 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)

Overview: A young police officer is transferred from Seoul to a small village in the countryside for duty when he jokingly checked the box to be deployed "anywhere." Arriving at the village, he encounters a bumbling police force who is working with a special detective to resolve some recent murders. As the bodies add up, it becomes clear that the gruesome deaths are attributed to a beast of an animal with a voracious appetite for human flesh.

DVD Verdict: From the moment that the Chief Inspector and his band of merry police men started falling, nay tumbling down a slight hill into a grave; over and over as they tried to then get back up said slant, I imagined that the remainder of the over-two-hours-long film would feature the great Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau himself!

It starts off slow, oh boy, soooooo slow, comes complete with Korean subtitles; which as it was already 12.15am when I put it in, was not the smartest of moves, but once it got going turned out to be VERY enjoyable!

Sure the comedic element remains, toned down for the most part, save for said bumbling Chief Inspector (who they all hate), and sure the beast (once revealed) is nothing more than .... SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!! .... an oversized wild boar, but some of the action sequences are really well done!

Anyway, the second half of 'Chawz' takes to the hunt, following Officer Kim and the team as they attempt to locate and destroy their vicious enemy. Cull together some climatic scenes, some fun, some dark humor, some deaths, and a Steven Seagal Korean wannabe, and come the end this movie turns out to be one highly entertaining mix of tension, shock and breathless adventure! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.