Film  Review: The Anchor (2022) by Jeong Ji-yeon

Regardless of being prolific in various genres, South Korean cinema might be finest recognized the world over for its thrillers. The execution, aesthetics and topic issues that the filmmakers of the nation appear to provide you with inside this style are sometimes cream of the crop and because of their success, it has additionally turn into a style of selection for a lot of first-time administrators as properly. One such director is Jeong Ji-yeon, who additionally selected to put in writing and direct, as her first function, a thriller that works in additional genres than one.

Se-ra is a information reader on a nationwide broadcasting community who anchors the extremely sought-after slot of the nightly information present. A couple of minutes earlier than she’s scheduled to go stay one evening, she will get a name providing a tip, whereby the caller, a younger mom known as Mi-so tells her {that a} man has damaged into her home and goes to kill her, after having already killed her daughter. Mi-so insists that the rationale she known as Se-ra about this was as a result of she wished Se-ra, who she admires quite a bit, to be the one to report the information of her demise. Disregarding it as a prank name at first, Se-ra decides to go to the handle offered by Mi-so after her overbearing, overprotective mom So-jung tells her that this could possibly be her probability to be an actual anchor moderately than somebody who simply reads strains off a teleprompter.

Certain sufficient, when Se-ra will get there, she finds each Mi-so and her daughter lifeless. She alerts the police and begins reporting the story, however when the police later declare it a murder-suicide case, she decides to research the story herself and goes again to the scene of the crime, the place she meets psychiatrist In-ho, a person in whose skilled care the deceased had left herself however who appears to be extremely suspicious. When Se-ra begins seeing Mi-so’s picture all over the place, she decides to hunt In-ho’s assist. Nevertheless, the deeper she digs into the case, it appears Se-ra is certain to discover a fact so stunning that she won’t be prepared for it.

For her debut, Jeong doesn’t simply restrict herself to 1 style. Although it’s primarily a psychological thriller, the narrative has components of a thriller and horror as properly. The thriller, which takes up the vast majority of the primary half, is neatly packed and interwoven with the mandatory components to make for an interesting viewing. Whereas not an out-and-out horror, the function does enterprise into that territory with a number of efficient sequences, together with however not restricted to the visions of Mi-so that the central character will get. Soar scares are utilized in a pair situations, however Jeong mercifully doesn’t overdo them even when she had the scope to overindulge. 

The psychological side of the thriller is probably probably the most fascinating component right here, even when the large reveal twist may be seen coming. To be honest to the function, it doesn’t actually attempt too exhausting to cover it both, as there are enough crumbs scattered round proper from close to the beginning for the eagle-eyed and positively for the style followers to observe. It’s the build-up main as much as and the aftereffects of the reveal that type the crux of psychological thriller that Jeong got down to make. The truth that regardless of the predictability of the twist, “The Anchor” nonetheless manages to completely engross the viewer till and properly after the reveal is a serious credit score to Jeong as a director, as is her easy mixing up of the genres which by no means actually makes any occasions stand out like a sore thumb.

With the wonderful trio of actors main the best way, the director has her work minimize out as Chun Woo-hee, Lee Hye-young and Shin Ha-kyun put their finest ft ahead to supply the first-time director’s work with some memorable performances. It could actually be honest to say that the three assist the function attain greater heights than it might in any other case have been at. Of those, the 2 actresses are simply the standout. Chun Woo-hee is an actress whose mission decisions are all the time fascinating to observe and “The Anchor” proves to be one more feather in her cap. Inside Se-ra, she goes by means of various totally different roles – the composed newsreader, the scared however decided investigator, the involved and sometimes indignant daughter, the chilly spouse, the jealous colleague and extra – all of which she portrays with equal ease and success. 

Lee Hye-young, who was seen final 12 months in Hong Sang-soo’s “In Entrance of Your Face” has a  completely totally different function to the auteur’s work, but she provides an equally impactful interpretation of her character, her controlling, manipulative mom coming throughout genuinely scary. Shin Ha-kyun’s In-ho is an unpredictable character, the place Se-ra and certainly the viewers too isn’t positive if he’s concerned or genuinely an excellent skilled and Shin manages to maintain this thriller going by means of his unpredictable efficiency.

The cinematography and notably the music mix to construct and maintain the mysterious temper intact however greater than the technical deserves, the success of “The Anchor” should be credited to first-time director Jeong Ji-yeon and her completely assured and sure-handed course that virtually makes no missteps, in addition to the incredible performances from its two actresses. This can be a scary, stunning and thrilling work that makes its director one to undoubtedly maintain a watch out for sooner or later.



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