Jae Ho (Sol Kyung Gu) is the jjang (leader/best fighter) of his prison. One day he meets Hyun Soo (Im Shi Wan): another prisoner who doesn’t bow down to anyone and has the same look in his eyes as him. The two get close and after getting out they start working together. But can they trust each other and succeed?
The Merciless has an excellent plot that reveals more layers of itself as it unravels. The plot twists and ending were a perfect match for the movie.
Both Im Shi Wan and Sol Kyung Gu were enjoyable in their roles. The two men were very much alike despite their life and career differences. The look in their eyes, the way they refused to bow down to anyone, the look of having nothing to lose even in front of a loaded gun: that made them dangerous and interesting characters.
Hyun Soo was born to follow in his hyung’s footsteps. There was no other way for this movie to unravel and its scenes were so captivating that I watched many of them again simply to catch-all the expressions the actors gave.
The Merciless is merciless towards its watcher. The trust, betrayal, and unusual affection its characters still have for each other despite everything that happens make it a thought proving and thrilling crime movie.