In 2022, a group of dangerous Korean inmates arrested in the Philippines are going to be transported back to South Korea. But how does one do this safely without risking the inmates trying to escape? The answer? A large cargo ship. The ship is to depart from the Manila Terminal, carrying some hardcore and dangerous criminals. The boat will take two days to arrive at the Port of Busan.
More than twenty detectives are joining the inmates on the journey inside the vessel, all of whom carry ten years or more experience on the force. Joining this crew is a doctor, and a nurse should anyone require medical care over the two-day journey. However, what begins as a standard trip to South Korea transforms into an insane amount of blood, gore, and violence as criminals discover a way to escape their chains and handcuffs, and riots erupt. Now, a huge battle is taking place on the vessel, but there’s also a monstrous secret atop the mighty battle. Who will survive the ultimate blood bath at sea?
Project Wolf Hunting contains many genres. It’s an action-packed film that focuses on crime, but to my surprise, there’s also a minor element of sci-fi and depending on one’s tolerance of blood and violence, one could class this as a horror film. While slow at the beginning, with many characters to introduce, I’m proud to say it doesn’t take long for Project Wolf Hunting to get underway with its storyline, and things get out of control very quickly.
While a similar concept to Con Air in that criminals are aboard a large transport, this film goes to another level in both violence and story. Things are taken to the extreme when it comes to the level of violence- plenty of body parts get crushed, blood spraying, bone snapping, faces getting squashed, and the list goes on further. The sci-fi aspect, which plays later into the story, heightens what was already a wild film and reminded me of a few popular video game titles, including Resident Evil.
I found this film quite visually pleasing, with only a few CGI effects displaying a slight dip in quality from the rest of the film. It’s evident that the prime focus for the filmmakers was to show reasonable amounts of violence, and this part, I cannot deny, is done with perfection. For the most part, the music score is also welcome and adds plentiful tension during battles, showdowns, and big reveals. Without spoiling anything relating to the plot, my only major issue is that sometimes the audience isn’t able to take a breath from the extreme levels of violence. For some scenes, it’s just a little too much. There were at least a couple of moments where I couldn’t believe moments of both action and violence were still going on, and it was almost exhausting. Atop this, the runtime is just over two hours.
Overall, this is one for those who love violent action films with vast amounts of blood spills, smashing body parts and what feels like an endless amount of violence. While the film begins a little slower than preferred, it doesn’t take long for all the wildness of Project Wolf Hunting to commence. Hear me clearly; this isn’t just a crazy violent film; there’s also a fun element of sci-fi and crime. For me, the entire story was unexpected and exciting. Mostly, it’s hugely unpredictable, including the outcome of its story and key characters. Project Wolf Hunting is Con Air on steroids, and I found it to be a bloody, great time. Sure, not for the faint-hearted, but this film delivers plenty of jaw-dropping moments bound to leave many movie buffs in shock and awe. Project Wolf Hunting (2022) is Now Available in Australian Cinemas.
15th October 2022
Written by Peter Walkden
Ticket Details: https://umbrellaent.com.au/movie/project-wolf-hunting/