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Review of Carter (2022) – weird creative choices make it look like a video game walkthrough

August 5, 2022

This review of the South Korean Netflix movie Carter (2022) contains no spoilers.

In the midst of a pandemic, Carter wakes up in a room not knowing who he is or how he got there. All he has is a device in the back of his head, an explosive inserted in his mouth, and a voice in his ear, but that is the voice he must trust if he wants to get out alive of the jackpot in which he is involved.

Carter just wasn’t very good. There are some really weird creative choices at play here that made a movie feel really weird overall. There are times when it’s okay, but it’s really not enough to save the rest.

One of the aforementioned questionable creative choices is the decision to try to make the whole movie look like it was filmed in one take, which it clearly wasn’t. I’m not sure what the effect was meant to add to the viewing experience in all honesty. The cuts weren’t edited well enough to hide them, and it was very distracting throughout the film.

The shameful thing about trying to make Carter look like a massive one-shot catch is that it really took away some of the strongest elements of the film. The hand-to-hand combat sequences, for example, were pretty well choreographed, but because of how little you got to see thanks to the way the film was edited, they were absolutely ruined. He really outdid himself massively in that capacity.

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As for the story…I was about as confused about Carter as Carter himself. For the vast majority of the movie, I didn’t know what was really going on, or who was on which side. I don’t know if that raging sense of disorientation was intentional (I don’t think so), but with everything going on in the movie, it was just too much to try to focus and understand.

The best way I can think of to describe the experience of watching Carter is that it plays out in a way not too different from an important main mission in a video game that you’re navigating your way through for the first time. It will leave you unsure of where to go and what might happen next, but not in the sense that you’ll be on the edge of your seat and looking forward to more. Its awful stylistic decisions make it a real drag to cross and really squander its strongest aspects. In short, the word “disappointing” should more than cover it.

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