This week saw the premiere of Netflix JUNG_Ethe new movie Train to Busan director Yeon Sang-ho, and the movie is already a hit on the streaming service. After being available on Netflix for just one day, the new movie immediately jumped to the top of the daily Top 10 on the service and is the #1 movie on Netflix in the US (and in the world according to Flix Patrol). . The sci-fi thriller marks the second collaboration between Yeon Sang-ho and Netflix following the successful first season of the hit TV series. Infernal.
Starring Kang Soo-yeon, Kim Hyun-joo and Ryu Kyung-soo, JUNG_E is described as follows by Netflix: “Earth has been devastated by drastic climate change, and humanity migrates to new havens in outer space. The civil war going on there continues for decades, and Yun Jung-yi (Kim Hyun-joo) becomes a legendary mercenary and military strategist with countless victories to her name. But a botched mission leaves her in a vegetative state. Kronoid, a military artificial intelligence development company, attempts to create the ultimate female combat warrior by cloning his brain.
“35 years later, Jung-yi’s daughter, Yun Seo-hyun (Kang Soo-youn), participates in this effort as the principal investigator of the JUNG_E project. When little progress is made despite numerous attempts at cloning and simulation, Kronoid abandons research to launch another project. Seo-hyun finds out about his plans and decides to save JUNG_E. Thus begins AI combat warrior JUNG_E’s escape from the research lab…” Watch the movie trailer below! !
Despite being the top title on Netflix, the critical response to Jung_E it has been mixed so far. As of this writing, the film only has ten reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and only six of those are positive, meaning it has a 60% rating on the review aggregator. Empire Magazine awarded the film 3 out of 5, writing that JUNG_E “delivers where it counts: propulsive action sequences, emotional drama, and big existential questions about the human connections that sustain us.” Movie Nation, on the other hand, gave the film a 1.5 out of 4, writing that “There’s little human connection to it all, making it a rare soulless misstep for action auteur Yeon Sang-ho” .
Take a look at the current Top 10 on Netflix below.
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