Directed by Su-Chang Kong, starring Woo-seong Kam, Byung-ho Son, Tae-kyung Oh and Won-sang Park.
Mixing together such genre classics as Walter Hill's 'Southern Comfort' and John Carpenter's 'The Fog' and 'The Thing', Korean director Su-Chang Kong's big screen debut has some moments, but it needed to be more viewer-friendly to truly convince.
As the Vietnam War rages, taciturn Korean Lieutenant Choi (Kam) is put in charge of a hastily-assembled unit of his compatriots for an unusual mission. Another unit has disappeared deep in the jungle - in an area known as 'R-Point' – and Choi & Co must bring them, or their dog tags, back to base.
Choi's unit is made up of the usual mix of rookies, cowards and hard cases, but from the moment they disembark at R-Point they all seem a little spooked by something. Setting up camp in a vast stone structure once used by French troops, Choi and his men begin their search - and descent into madness.
A box office hit in Korea, Kong's debut is stylish and ideal material for a Hollywood remake - but this is one of those instances where the Western version will be the more enjoyable film. Having set up an intriguing, if hardly unique, premise, Kong fails to wring the full potential out of 'R-Point' and the longer the film runs the more it becomes a case of what might have been.
The faults are numerous. With nine characters, Kong fails to make half of them memorable or distinctive; the film gets bogged down in dull scenes; there needed to be more scares and, most importantly, the plot is so convoluted and scatty that you're often wondering who said what, what such a development meant and if you're mixing up the characters. This really is one of those films where you feel something could have been lost in translation.
Kong has potential but he needs to watch the three films mentioned above repeatedly to help fulfil it.