3-IRON is incredibly interesting without being particularly engaging. There is little to no dialogue (at least with the two leads) and it has barely any music. This would be all fine and dandy, but the problems develop through the lack of emotion, not dialogue. The concept is cool, but bored-looking characters make for a bored-feeling audience. Because of this, the movie seems a whole lot longer than it really is, which is somewhat pathetic since the movie only runs at about 88 minutes. Strange, I thought it was nearly two hours long. I guess time slows down when you’re not being entertained.
On the plus side, the movie contains plenty of quietly bizarre moments that are sure to either make you grin or cringe. In my opinion, they aren’t enough to save the picture, although I do appreciate having seen them. In fact, I’m actually glad I saw this movie, despite my obvious personal issues with it. If you’re even considering renting this, then you’ll probably like it, if not love it. Quite frankly though, I think it’s an overrated bore with plenty of cool concepts, all of which deserve to be in a more engaging movie.
Commentary (with director Kim Ki-Duk): Obviously, you’ll need to have subtitles to check this extra out, but it’s worth it. The director is highly involved with his movie and tosses out interesting information every chance he gets. Watch it, listen to it, read it, whatever – just check it out.
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