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Sector 7 – 4

Director – Ji-hun Kim

Cast – Ji-won Ha, Sung-kee Ahn, Ji-ho Oh, Ae-ryeon Cha, Man-wi Lee, Cheol-min Park, Sae-Byeok Song, Jeong-hak Park

Release Year – 2011

Reviewed by John of the Dead

I was very stoked to see Sector 7 when I first read on it and saw its initial trailers, as it blended two elements of horror that I absolutely love: creatures and a nowhere to run scenario. We have seen this epic combo used on various incredible horror films throughout the years, such as Feast and The Mist, and this being a film from South Korea, a country known for good horror, I expected good results. Soon after the film’s debut the negative reviews began storming about the horror community, and boy were they BAD. Nonetheless my stubborn self went into this piece hoping to enjoy it and believing my horror cohorts were just wrong about the flick, but it turns out they were right.

Onboard The Eclipse, an offshore oil drilling rig positioned above a mining area known as Sector 7, a group of scientists and oil workers find themselves in a battle for their lives when their rig is attacked by a giant mutant sea creature.

This is the type of simple story that I enjoy, and it only takes decent execution and writing to give me an enjoyable experience, but Sector 7 fell flat on both. The overall storyline is a cool one, as I have seen numerous killer sea creature films but never one that takes place on an oil rig – one lacking a handsome Bruce Willis as well. It takes a while before the creature action kicks in, with the majority of the first half of the film consisting of dialogue and character play. Once the first death occurs the social breakdown kicks in, with the crew blaming each other for the death of the person (not aware the crew member was killed by the creature), but soon enough the creature action kicks in and from then on out it never relents. So how is the story so bad with so much creature action? Well, writer Je-gyun Yun failed from the start by giving us annoying character-play that was sadly combined with HORRIBLE dialogue. The bad character-play eventually burned out when the creature action kicked in, but the horrendous dialogue stuck with us till the end and made for an experience that I just could not take seriously. In addition to that the film dragged heavily, a common factor with most Asian horror films, with the final act being drawn out so tremendously that it left me tempted to fast forward to the closing credits despite the heavy creature action.

Director Ji-hun Kim also deserves heavy blame for the mess that is Sector 7, thanks much to poor execution of nearly every element involved. The acting performances are so-so, however the dialogue makes them appear worse than they really are, but it was his execution of the actors and the character-play between them that soured their efforts. Kim’s execution was downright laughable on numerous occasions, with horrendous editing that reminded me of films I made with my friends back in my middle school days. It is this horrendous execution that plagues the majority of the film, coming into full effect during the creature scenes that were supposed to be the best the film had to offer but were sadly some of the most unenjoyable to hit the screen. Thankfully I did enjoy the look of the creature, and despite it coming off solely in CGI the CGI was fairly good for not being a major studio effort, but in the end Ji-hunb Kim could have really done much better and potentially saved the film from its poor screenplay.

Overall, Sector 7 is a film I really wanted to enjoy due to it blending numerous elements that I heavily enjoy, but in the end Sector 7 pretty much comes off as a Syfy film of South Korean origin.

Rating: 5/10

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