Sunday, December 13, 2015

Review:// Masked Prosecutor

Ha Dae Chul (Joo Sang Wook) is a prosecutor in a corrupt justice system where criminals use the law to escape punishment. By night we wears a mask to right the wrongs that would otherwise go unresolved.  Yoo Min Hee (Kim Sun Ah) is the crime division chief at the Gangham Police Station who finds herself bumping heads with the seemingly shallow prosecutor. Consequently, she also happens to be his first love; a one-sided love, for the most part.

The Good:  This drama boasts an excellent cast, each actor perfectly suited for their role. Joo Sang Wook and Kim Sun Ah have good chemistry together, delivering a satisfying sense of push and pull. There is intrigue, as our leads both have family issues that are tied into the main plot. The bad guys are unconscionably bad, and powerful as well. This is balanced with comedy and an adorable bromance.

The Bad:  The writing could use a lot of improvement. The police work was sloppy, making everyone look incompetent enough that it was a distraction. Although the threads of the story came together neatly, it was presented in a very straightforward, one-dimensional way. There wasn't a sense of multi-layered storytelling or emotional development. As for the culmination of the romance, it was anti-climactic to be sure. At the end (pardon me for being sexist) I thought to myself: a man wrote this. So I checked, and yes, Choi Jin Won was responsible for the flat writing and lack of romantic satisfaction. He is also the writer for another big disappointment of mine, Big Man.

I was going to rate Masked Prosecutor a six, but gave it an extra half point just because the actors really pulled through and made their characters shine despite the script. Not just the leads, but the entire cast performed well. 

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