Movie Review: Accidental Detective 2's Success Not an Accident
Updated: Jul 19, 2018
Starring: Kwon Sang-Woo, Sung Dong-Il, Lee Kwang-Soo
When I first heard about "The Accidental Detective 2: In Action", I was told that it clinched the #1 Box Office position for two consecutive weeks after being released in Korea. That, and the fact that it stars the "Prince of Asia", Lee Kwang-Soo of the hit variety show "The Running Man". Both of which are pretty good signs, I'd have to say; I've heard enough about "The Running Man" to last me a lifetime. Laughs.
This article isn't going to be about "The Running Man", though, so let's roll on to the review now, shall we?
We have two impatient private detectives waiting for us.
What is it about?
"The Accidental Detective 2: In Action" picks up from where the last movie left off, with both Dae Man (Kwon Sang-Woo), a comic bookstore keeper, and Tae Soo (Sung Dong-Il), a legendary homicide cop, defying their wives and quitting their jobs to start their own private detective agency.
They begin a new chapter of their journey with high hopes and palpable beams of optimism, possible consequences of quitting their jobs be damned. Despite their high hopes, however, they find themselves with only trivial cases such as missing pets and spouse infidelity, none of which are worthy of their caliber.
But just when their fledgling agency looks like it's going to be a lost cause, a woman walks into their office, wanting to know the truth behind her fiancé's death. Enthusiastic, Dae Man and Tae Soo see this as an opportunity to put their detective skills to work. And as they dig further and further into what initially appeared to be a pretty straightforward case, they begin to unravel an intricate web that reaches the darkest parts of South Korea.
Is it worth a watch?
For those of you who have not watched the first film, there is no need to fret. "The Accidental Detective 2: In Action" works perfectly well on its own, so much so that you'd be able to watch it without needing knowledge about the first film. There will not be any moments where you'd be like a deer caught in headlights, wondering what is going on and if there's some sort of inside joke that you had just missed out on. What you'd be met with instead is an almost comfortable feel of familiarity.
Now that we have that covered, the overall feel of the movie itself is a mish mash of goofy comedy, action and at times, actual sleuthing. Yes, actual sleuthing, because you will find a lot of times when Dae Man and Tae Soo amusingly stumble over their detective work, reminding us that they're still relatively new to this game. But that's alright, because it only adds to the dynamic of their relationship.
In fact, the relationships that the characters have with each other, Dae Man and Tae Soo in particular, is the main charm of the film.
Lee's Grasshopper only brings more hilarity to "The Accidental Detective 2: In Action", acting as a nuisance to both Dae Man and Tae Soo, but kept around for his tech skills. I also consistently enjoy any scene where Dae Man's wife Mi-ok (Seo Young-hee) appears, because her domestic squabbles with Dae Man are just too hilarious to miss.
In terms of plot, the mystery of "The Accidental Detective 2: In Action" is so convoluted that I couldn't figure out the true motive of the killer till when it was actually revealed. I only knew that the first conclusion that they came to couldn't be it because the film obviously wasn't going to end around the 75 minute mark (a sure giveaway with just about any film). So what was the intention of the killer?
To find out, consider giving this a watch. "The Accidental Detective 2: In Action" is worth at least 2 hours of light-hearted, laid-back fun.
"The Accidental Detective 2. In Action" is now in cinemas!
Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini