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“Psychokinesis” movie shakes up the superhero genre

“Psychokinesis” movie shakes up the superhero genre

“Psychokinesis” movie shakes up the superhero genre

“Psychokinesis” movie shakes up the superhero genre

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  • Plot points Psychokinesis initially appear strangely familiar.
  • Shin Seok-heon unintentionally obtains superpowers.
  • It tells a superhero story about what a normal person might do with a powerful gift.
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The plot points of the movie Psychokinesis, directed by Yeon Sang-ho, initially appear strangely familiar. Shin Seok-heon (Ryu Seung-ryong), the lead character in Yeon’s sequel to the box office sensation Train to Busan, unintentionally obtains superpowers: checked. The rush of spontaneous originality then sends this regular guy into a high: check. Even Seok-ex-wife heon’s and child’s mother’s death, though brutally honest compared to what most Marvel movies would dare, fits the pattern of a loved one’s death acting as the trigger for personal development. So, will our hero change his narrow perspective and put his abilities to good use?

Yeon is known to audiences for being the creative force behind Train to Busan, and they are aware of how subtly but purposefully deceptive his appearances are. The director quickly reveals that this well-known origin story framework is another deceptive device used by Yeon to tell a grounded superhero story about what a truly normal person might do with a powerful gift, much like how Yeon inhabited the skin of the zombie horror genre only to transform it into his vessel for sociopolitical commentary. The end result is the first superhero movie to be produced in South Korea, and it is both as conventional and unique as Yeon’s other accomplishments.

Shin Roo-mi, Seok-daughter, heon’s provides the opening for psychokinesis, the pseudoscience idea of manipulating items with one’s mind (Shim Eun-kyung). Yeon establishes Roo-mi as the focal point of the story and a separate character well before the movie introduces the main father. In Seoul, Roo-mi is the owner of a well-known fried chicken restaurant. The neighborhood gang wants to demolish her restaurant’s land and build a huge retail centre there, so their enthusiasm is meaningless to them. (Hello, inevitable brutality that comes with capitalism.) Mob members break into Roo-shop mi’s at night because she refuses to. During the savage attack, one of the enforcers pushes Roo-mother mi’s (Kim Young-sun), who then falls and dies as a result. A falling meteor strikes someplace in the mountains at the same time.

Then Seok-heon is introduced through Psychokinesis. This new character, who is distinct from Roo-mi, is essentially a cheery security guard who steals little amounts of money while on the job and also happens to be drinking mountain spring water that has been contaminated by meteorite particles. Like most people (we’ve all wished to mentally move the TV remote), Seok-heon takes great pleasure in his unexpected telekinesis. After seeing Roo-mi again during her mother’s funeral, he resolves to become a magician for the money and seeks to share his abilities with her.

Instead, Roo-mi is rightfully enraged at Seok-heon for neglecting to be a father. President Min (Kim Min-jae), the head of the mob-run construction firm, similarly refuses to accept blame or express regret for her mother’s passing. Why is her father even present if he’s too preoccupied trying to secure his next salary to assist Roo-mi in this genuinely life-or-death situation?

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Superheroes typically start out with character flaws, and Seok-heon is purposefully no different. If the worst he’s done is steal some coffee from his employer, it’s simple enough to laugh it off as a made-up offence. But the admission that he left his family and damaged a young Roo-mi as a result doesn’t just seem plausible; it’s a fact of life gruesome enough to break the heart.

Just as Roo-mi built her restaurant on the foundation of her blood, sweat, and tears, she and her mother battled hardship for years. With this knowledge, Seok-amusing heon’s theft is no longer endearing, and most studio-produced comic book movies wouldn’t portray the emotional effects of Seok-selfishness heon’s as truthfully as Psychokinesis does.

Seok-heon is sufficiently repulsed by Roo-statements mi’s for him to seek her out once more. He discovers her and the other local business owners under siege from additional mafia enforcers who are hiding murderous intentions. For the first time, Seok-heon utilizes.

The shop owners acknowledged Seok-abilities heon’s with suitable oohs and ahhs. One even ponders the possibility of making money with his talent. At the reception, Seok-heon is ecstatic and anxious to show Roo-mi more. Although his daughter is astonished, the fascination is short-lived because his absentee father’s acquisition of superpowers is essentially equivalent to his insignificant contributions. his abilities to protect his daughter and defeat her assailants rather than only for his own benefit.

But to her astonishment, Seok-heon decides to assist rather than abandon her once more. By erecting a sizable barricade around the neighbourhood buildings, he attempts to stave off the approaching police force, but Min aids Seok-arrest heon’s on fabricated charges. Seok-heon is imprisoned by the dishonest police, who work with Min, as a veritable army breaks over the barrier. Seok-heon is being held captive and is completely oblivious of the situation, but that changes when a police officer at the precinct forgets to turn off the news that is covering the onslaught. Roo-mi and her fellow owners flee through burning buildings and across rooftops.

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Seok-universe heon’s comes together and solidifies as soon as he learns that Roo-life mi’s is in urgent danger. He flies to Roo-side, mi’s saving her from a SWAT squad and a potentially fatal fall as a fierce wind twists everything in the room and the jail bars bend like licorice sticks. Once he’s ensured her safety, he surrenders himself to the police; there’s no further need for his powers.

Having avoided using his power for violence or convenience, Seok-heon quietly carries out his prison sentence. A lawyer named Jung-hyun (Park Jung-min), who is also Roo-fiancé, mi’s takes his released father-in-law to Roo-new mi’s and equally popular restaurant, Superpower Chicken. The recently reunited father and daughter exchange glances but there is noticeably no symphonic music or sobbing hugs present. Instead, Roo-mi loudly and angrily demands Seok-heon start sharing the workload after giving it some thought in silence. Seok-heon serves the patrons by floating their beers to each table, as is only natural.

Given its bleak start, it’s a lovely conclusion to a movie that ends up being ultimately optimistic. Seok-heon almost literally came into contact with superhuman abilities, but he isn’t summoned to a never-ending cycle of world-saving; instead, he is tasked with guarding the girl who became his universe, both her life and her hopes. When Seok-heon first saw Roo-heartbreaking mi’s situation, he found it simplest to choose financial gain over his estranged daughter. However, Seok-heon is a disengaged guy, so this was not always the case. Seok-heon is unwilling to continue the cycle of abandonment because she keeps seeing the picture of her young self pleading with him to stay while staring squarely at her current suffering. Then, giving up everything he has to live is the easiest thing in the world to do in order to save her.

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