Starring Cho Jin-Woong, Ryu Jun-Yeol, Kim Sung-Ryoung
Directed by Lee Hae-Young
Hardboiled detective Jo (Cho Jin-Woong) is hell-bent on nailing Mr Lee, a mysterious drug king who uses proxies to run his vast empire. The cop finally catches a break: Rak, a cartel member (Ryu Jun-Yeol) who has his own reasons to rat on the big boss, even though he’s never seen him before.
Can Rak be trusted? For the most part, Believer — a remake of the 2012 Johnnie To thriller Drug War — packed with subterfuge and shoot-outs, is slick and hard-hitting, compelling up until it gets kinda-sorta derailed by a Usual Suspects-esque disclosure. Love the ambiguously poetic ending, though. (***)