Plot: Asking his imprisoned fatherl for money, threatening a friend who became a murderer by mistake, stealing money from his friends… KU Dong-hyuk (KIM Rae-won) is the worst scumbag you can ever imagine. Living a low-life existence like a street dog, until one day, Dong-hyuk gets kidnapped by a mysterious gang.
Held captive for seemingly no reason, Dong-huk is 'trained' by the gang in a secret and inhumane way. Dong-hyuk tries to escape but fails, which makes the training more harsh and cruel than before. After finishing all the training, the gang orders Dong-hyuk to become a police detective as their secret connection. Once on the inside, he experiences divided loyalties.
«“Mr. Socrates” is fast moving, with plenty of action, most of it violent, though thankfully without any needless set pieces or the elaborately staged shoot outs which tend to find their way into such films. This lends the proceedings a gritty, if not entirely believable air and makes the director’s musings on justice easier to swallow. There are flaws, however, mainly in the unavoidable sense of familiarity and the fact that there is little here that has not been seen before, especially in the anti-climatic ending which serves only to tie together the various plot strands in a too-hurried manner. However, the film is exciting, highly entertaining, drawing strength from its irreverent attitude, its likeable characters, and its desire to delve deeper into societal themes of right and wrong.»
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