Detective Ma Seok-do changes his affiliation from the Geumcheon Police Station to the Metropolitan Investigation Team, in order to eradicate Japanese gangsters who enter Korea to commit heinous crimes.
This was insanely good.....better than any Hollywood Production.
This is just siccccck! Forget John Wick, forget Equalizer, forget James Bond, forget Jason Borne or whichever action movie Hollywood has produced ever, this right here is the ish! Whaaat? I am going back to watch the previous edition just because I enjoyed this one so much.
I can't think of what not to like about this franchise. Yes, I heard people argue that Don Lee should pick on guys his size and that the villains are usually too weak compared to his size and strength. To an extent I understand and would certainly love to see him take on someone equally strong. But watching him kick these weaklings butts works because even though the villains are not as physically as strong, they are unbelievably wicked and you so badly want someone to kick their butt and Don Lee does that so nicely.
Aside that, the cinematography is spot on. The fight scenes are just incredible. The humor too is out of this world. This is the kind of movie that gets you laughing but demands your full respect when things get serious.
I guess the only questioning bit is why the villians don't use guns but choose to use bats, knives and swords. Maybe it's a cultural thing. But then again, I've seen other Korean movies where they used lots of guns. I'll like to see how Don Lee handles such a scenario.
Reviewed by soeprijo199 / 10
Ma Seok Do Never Let Me Down
In The Outlaws, detective Ma Seok Do confronted thugs from Mainland China. In The Round Up, he clashed with Vietnamese robbers and kidnappers. And now in No Way Out, Ma Seok Do has to put his line of duty against Japanese Yakuza.
Explosive from beginning to the end, 100 minutes of running time seemed just fly by. Every 5 minutes or so, we get to see thugs flew around like scrap papers due to Ma Seok Do's invincible fists. It's very satisfying to watch, especially just before those scenes, we actually got to see how bad ass and brutal those thugs were. But Ma Seok Do managed to send them to slumberland one by one.
Note: there's an end credit scene with a familiar face, that really put a big smile on my face, because I know that there will be a fourth installment of Ma Seok Do!
Reviewed by Top_Dawg_Critic8 / 10
Don Lee never disappoints.
I still feel Don Lee is an underrated action star in the west, and I hope Hollywood takes notice of him and starts making some English action films with him, and I don't mean underutilizing his action and comedy talents like they did in Eternals. It would be nice to see Lee in a crime-action film without having to read subtitles and miss most of the fun trying to read.
And as per usual, he did not disappoint in this film. The action and comedy was great, but I found both elements lacking in this film compared to The Outlaws that I had rated a 9/10, and the previous The Roundup I had rated a perfect 10/10. The story in this one has a few good twists, but was still generic and cliched compared to the first two films. There wasn't as much humor in this film as there was in the two previous ones either. Still, lots of action and a fun and entertaining watch, and a well deserved 8/10 for this one from me.