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The Anchor

South Korea 2022
produced by
Lee Jong-Seok, Jeong Jun-Hyeok for About Film, DCG Plus
directed by Jung Ji-Yeon
starring Chun Woo-hee, Shin Ha-kyun, Lee Hye-yeong, Park Ji-Hyun, Seo Yi-Soo, Lee Hae-woon, Kim Chul-yoon, Eun Sol, Kim Hyung-suk, Park Se-hoon, Ji Seung Seo, Jung Soon-won
written by Jung Ji-Yeon

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It's only minutes until her show when news anchor Se-ra (Chun Woo-hee) receives a phonecall from one Mi-so who insists she's about to be killed by someone who has already killed her daughter and is about to come back for her - and all she wants from Se-ra is that she will report about her death. Se-ra initially dismisses this as a rather tasteless prank call and pays it no heed - but a mixture of morbid curiosity and the rivalry at the TV station, and egged on by her ambitious mother (Lee Hye-yeong) who lives with her and takes care of her career, cause Se-ra to pay a visit to the address Mi-so has given her ... and she does find the dead bodies of mother and daughter. She of course calls the authorities and also her TV station, and reporting on this makes Se-ra a minor celebrity - even if it turns out that Mi-so has actually killed herself after choking her daughter to death. But the case is also taking its emotional toll on Se-ra, who starts to see dead Mi-so everywhere even if she hasn't even actually seen her face at the scene of the crime, and to get over this, Se-ra, who's soon given a leave from the station as her inner turmoil starts to affect her on-screen performance, starts investigating the story of her own, investigations that soon leed her to Mi-so's psycho-therapist Dr. Choi (Shin Ha-kyun), who apparently knows more than he lets on, but whom Se-ra eventually allows to hypnotize her to take her back to the scene of the crime for closure. But from here on, things start to properly fall apart, which culminate in total chaos during another news show where an attempt is made on the life of Se-ra's colleague (Park Ji-Hyun) and mum meddling more than is good for anybody - but that's not yet the whole picture ...

 

The Anchor is a rather cool piece of psycho horror that manages to combine an atmosphere-heavy directing with clever storytelling that keeps one guessing throughout, to the point where it has one doubting one's own perception, thanks to a highly twisted plot that refuses to give away too much of its game before absolutely necessary and that doesn't shy away from contradicting itself (for perfectly logical reasons) should the story demand. And a solid cast keeps things grounded thoughout to make this a highly unusual and very entertaining genre trip.

 

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