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On her way home from work, Na-mi (Chun Woo-hee) loses her smartphone, containing everything about her. Jun-yeong (Yim Si-wan) finds Na-mi’s phone and returns it to her, but after installing spyware. By tracking her everyday life, he learns all he can about Na-mi — her whereabouts, hobbies, tastes, work life, finances, and social network — and approaches her by concealing his true identity. In the meantime, police detective Ji-man (Kim Hie-won) finds traces of his son Jun-yeong at a murder crime scene and secretly investigates Jun-yeong, suspecting the worst. Na-mi is relieved to have found her phone, but not too long, her ordinary life turns upside down and spirals out of control. All because she only lost her phone, her entire life is imperiled.
Initial release: February 17, 2023
Director: Kim Tae-joon
Distributed by: Netflix, CJ O SHOPPING
Hangul: 스마트폰을 떨어뜨렸을 뿐인데
Literal meaning: I just dropped my smartphone
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Technology is a scary factor
New Korean content on Netflix, Unlocked, is an interesting and thought provoking movie about being heavily consumed by smartphones these days. While this is not the first movie to tackle this subject, it did a good job in delivering a realistic wake up call about the dangers of social media without any sugarcoating.
The pacing was good and the story delivered an unexpected twist in the end. It was suspenseful, it was urgent, and it was generally well made. Si-wan as the antagonist was convincing, although I felt that the thrill could have been more given it’s genre. If you’re looking for a thrilling watch instead of a bubbly rom-com this February, Unlocked is one to turn your attention to.
Honest Review By ME
South korean thrillerdrama, telling you a bonecollector like fairytail, with a whole lot of realistic vibes on our digital livelyhood, and complete trust on the digital devices that has become a mustve just to survive in our new brave world, a film about how lost and found can turn a life into 1000 pieces, because the relentless truth of today is that youre digitized whether youd like it or not, and when youre registered its easy to collect data on you, just like apharteid and stasi did back then, and a virus , malware or spyware can and might take over your true self…
a bit longdrawn this opportunistic story is, and if youre a western, have in mind that this is made for the south korean market, an audience that are far more digitized that most citizens of the western hemisphere. I felt the creeps all the way through, predictability was hard to make, and the musical score that enhances the drama, so a recommend from the grumpy old man.