Carter’ could be the most intense action trailer of the year


Remember how ridiculously high octane that Chris Hemsworth movie Extraction was? Well, it may have some competition.

The trailer for Carter, Byung-gil Jung’s brutal thriller about a man who wakes with no memory, but is told via an earpiece that he needs to transport a child to North Korea amid a viral apocalypse. Why? She may hold the key to the vaccine — yep, big The Last of Us areas.

Needless to say, the journey doesn’t look like it’ll be a straightforward one — and the body count looks like it’ll probably hit at least three figures in the first act.

Carter is a tv series talling of a story of where an actor returns home after a public meltdown. Partnering with his police detective friend, he tries to use his acting experience to solve real crimes.

The trailer may not have the ambitious, expensive scale of RRR, the warrior might of The Woman King, or the blockbuster power of Top Gun: Maverick, but it may just be one of the most intense action trailers of the year. Stunts aplenty.

Mixing “Jason Bourne” and “Mission: Impossible” adrenalin rushes with Korean cool, Netflix is teasing high octane footage of “Carter,” its first Korean original movie of the second half of the year.

The action plays out two months into a deadly pandemic originating from the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas. The outbreak has already devastated the U.S. and North Korea. And the titular agent has to risk his life while figuring out his own identity.

Agent Carter wakes with no recollections of his past. His head is literally a bomb and there is a mysterious voice giving him orders for a special mission.

What is harder to gauge from the slickly edited trailer is that the film is presented as a one-scene, one-cut actioner in the style of “1917” [which was actually edited] or drama film “The Russian Ark.”

Direction is by Jung Byung-gil (“The Villainess” and upcoming U.S. film “Afterburn”) with Joo Won as the titular star. Production is by Apeitda Production. Netflix uploads the film for worldwide consumption on Aug. 5, 2022.

Netflix has used a large local production effort to become the dominant streaming platform in South Korea. Its Korean content has also enjoyed strong success in international markets, none more so than 2021 series “Squid Game.” As well as originals, Netflix was also able to acquire a handful of other Korean movies that had been destined for theatrical release, but whose cinema outings were disrupted by COVID problems.

Carter is available to stream on Netflix from Aug. 5.

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