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Yaksha: Ruthless Operations

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, language in fast-paced Korean spy thriller.

Movie NR 2022 125 minutes
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This is a spy thriller that takes the proverbial "web of intrigue" to new levels. Yaksha: Ruthless Operations also takes the "blurred ethical lines" so indicative of the antihero stories to incredible extremes, as operatives from South Korea, North Korea, China, and Japan all face off and quadruple-cross each other and have secret affairs and have their own reasons for doing what they're doing. Some of these reasons are likely to surprise American audiences who are, even after decades of Tony Soprano, Walter White, and The Batman-style stories, still likely to view such stories through a good-vs.-evil prism and not the battle royale framework that emerges in this movie.

Surprisingly, the chaos of the story holds together, and the two-hour-and-five-minute length doesn't tax attention spans. Sure, there's bombast straight out of the Michael Bay Film School: Functionally pointless large computer monitors count down in pointlessly large numbers as the world teeters in the balance, for instance. But instead of moments like these coming across as laziness or banality, it merely heightens the action that's already happening. Somehow, it works, and for once, the obligatory hint of a sequel during the credits is welcomed rather than scorned.

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