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'Ashfall' [Blu-ray]
(Byung-hun Lee, Jung-woo Ha, Hye-jin Jeon, et al / Blu-ray / NR / 2020 / MPI Home Video)

Overview: Following a volcanic eruption along the China-North Korea border that leaves the entire Korean peninsula in shambles, seismologists warn that an even greater eruption is forth coming-one that could devastate the entire region.

Blu-ray Verdict: With the impending fate of entire Korean peninsula resting in their hands, enlisting the help of renowned Korean-American scientist Bong-rae (Don LEE), the government scrambles to find a way to stop the impending explosion.

Bong-rae’s plan calls for the use of nuclear warheads, which are currently held in North Korean territory and their precise location known only by imprisoned defector Jun-pyong (LEE Byung Hun).

After a freak accident leaves explosive disposal expert In-chang (HA Jung Woo) in charge of the team tasked with extracting Jun-pyong and locating the warheads, the two very different soldiers must work together to race against the clock and save all of Korea before it’s too late.

My goodness, wow! In truth, this action packed disaster movie is go-go gadget from the very off, opening with the one big explosion and culminating in another much-like it right at the very end.

The CGI and overall effects here are really well executed and are as good as anything Hollywood could have done, in my humble opinion.

Add to that some full on battle sequences, choreographed fight scenes and overall manically scripted mayhem sequences, and 'Ashfall' (originally titled 'Baekdusan') is easily one of the most exciting movies of 2020.

Along the way you also get to side with certain characters, feel for them when things happen around them, and in some cases, cheer when certain things happen to them!

The storyline is rather complex at times, overly for some strange reason, but spliced with black humor and some just brilliantly timed comedic retorts, the overly political subplot (involving nukes and the usual suspects) is soon nullified.

So, if you like your action films on the relentless energy side, and understand that each of the characters has to get into some form of hot water at least once along the way, and with a ticking time bomb just waiting patiently for the worst possible moment to go off, well my friends, 'Ashfall' is most definitely the movie for you! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

'Ashfall' [Blu-ray] is out now via MPI Home Video.

Official 'Ashfall' Trailer