Sunday, May 4, 2014

Three Days Review (2014)

Drama Rating: *****
Personal Rating: Loved it!

Han Tae Kyung, one of the Secret Service's most dedicated agents, is devastated by the loss of his father, the Finance Minister and is in mourning when the President goes on a short retreat at his villa. Not long after he arrives, gunshots are heard, the Secret Service agents closest to the President's location are dead and the President himself is missing. What could have taken place at such a secluded location? Tae Kyung is determined to find out.

*Spoiler warning*

The screenwriter Kim Eun Hee is certainly no slouch when it comes to writing thrillers. Having watched her previous series Ghost, I was certainly curious how 3 Days would turn out and was not disappointed in the slightest! The scripts keeps you on edge and hungering for episode after episode with the classic good guy-bad guy routine but with an absence of plot holes that ruins the credibility of many similar thrillers. She is clearly very adept at managing a complex set of story threads and making them converge or diverge as needed to move the plot along and bring the story to a clean, final conclusion.

Park Yoo Chun plays the exceptionally loyal and dedicated Secret Service agent Han Tae Kyung with lots of vigor and passion, far from the abysmal performance by Park Min Young in City Hunter as another agent. Park Ha Sun makes for a very persistent Officer Yoon Bo Young and Son Hyun Joo channeled well the conflicted President Lee Dong Hee. Choi Won Young was deliciously evil as the villainous mastermind Kim Do Jin, throwing the protagonists roadblock after roadblock in his zealous drive for supremacy. The rest of the cast, both on the side of the protagonist and the antagonist, fulfilled their roles well to create a solidly believable crisis atmosphere where it was difficult to discern the good guys from the bad.

Riveting and dangerously exciting are descriptions that come to mind when thinking about the drama OST. There is an edginess to the soundtrack that keeps you continually unnerved and on the edge of your seat. The music and sound effects are very effectively aligned with events in the drama to create a very suspenseful viewing experience.

This is definitely one of the best drama suspense/thrillers I've watched to date with an exciting, fast-paced storyline but still leaving some room for character development. Dramas like these are often susceptible to major plot holes that ruins the entire watching experience and I was very glad this one did not turn out to be one of those. Incidentally, comparisons with City Hunter are inevitable and I can't help but to bring that up again as an example of how not to write a thriller - *THIS* is what a real thriller should be like. So definitely give this a try if you're looking for some on-screen excitement!

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