An ace crisis negotiator faces off against a cold-blooded hostage taker. Over the course of 21 hours, she attempts to crack his unusually calm demeanor and force him to reveal his motivations.

A Reasonable Negotiation !

The script is just okay, the story’s not something new, but the acting (especially by the two leads) was superb. Their onscreen chemistry even transcends computer monitors. This is Korean thriller. A man, Min Tae-gu (Hyun Bin) kidnapped some hostages along with police official and killed one of them for his demand and only wants to negotiate with Miss Ha Chae-yun ( Ye-jin Son), Deputy police inspector. What are his demands? Why does he only to negotiate with miss Ha ? And what is the end. To get those answers see this movie. It is high tension drama till end. When drama goes further you will be realised the dark truth of corrupt army heads and corrupt Politians too and their racket! Disclosing suspense will be horrified you. End is realistic and not so much dramatic as usual thriller did it always. The story is strong and not to let you lose your attention till last moment. Very good watchable thriller. Acting done by leading actress is very well. Others are okay. Just watch thriller lovers.

This is one of those movies so dense with information that if you take a break to check your social media, you are going to miss something. In The Negotiation, information that is seemingly unimportant is going to feature like da bomb later. Pay attention!

The two leads are superbly cast. Their character motivations are superbly painted. When all the jigsaw pieces start to fit together… OMG! What elevates it even higher is that 90% of the time both of them are in two locked rooms separated by an ocean (or is it?). The tension is armrest-gripping marvellous. The twists and turns more than a rollercoaster ride. The pace never falters and the ending is satisfying. The motto here is the X-Files maxim “trust no one”, not even the police and especially the government.

 The plot is good with great twists. The cinematography is pretty great considering the fact that most of this movie takes place in just 3 locations. It’s hard to direct and act in a movie like this where most interactions aren’t face to face. But the director and cast have done a superb job. The best thing about the movie is the acting of the leads. Hyun Bin especially has done an amazing job. I particularly loved his acting in the ending. It’s so so good. He never dissapoints. Such a great and versatile actor. The film is good. And it’s a must watch for Hyun Bin fans because his character is pretty different from his usual work but he has done an amazing job of portraying the character.

Watch it for the intense acting.

Son Ye-jin as Ha Chae-yoon
Hyun Bin as Min Tae-gu

Movie Information

Release date: September 19, 2018 (South Korea)
Director: Lee Jong-seok
Box office: US$15.6 million
Budget: ₩10 billion
Distributed by: CJ Entertainment
Starring: Son Ye-jin; Hyun Bin

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