Escape From Mogadishu 2021 movies review


Escape from Mogadishu (Korean: RR: Mogadisyu) is a 2021 South Korean action drama film, directed by Ryoo Seung-wan and starring Kim Yoon-seok, Jo In-sung, Heo Joon-ho and Kim So-jin. The film, based on real events, is set during the Somali Civil War and the two Koreas’ efforts to be admitted to the United Nations in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It depicts details of a perilous escape attempt made by North and South Korean embassy workers stranded during the conflict.

With a production cost of ₩24 billion, Escape from Mogadishu was anticipated to release in summer of 2020 but its release was postponed due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was released theatrically on July 28, 2021, by Lotte Entertainment in IMAX format. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its action scenes, humorous plot, direction, and its vivid acting performances.

On accounting its box office performance, the film ranked at number 5 at the worldwide box office in the first week of August 2021 as per American media Screen Daily report on August 11. Within 56 days of release, it surpassed 3.5 million admissions, and became the first Korean film in 2021 to do so. As of December 31, 2021 it is the second highest-grossing film of 2021 in South Korea, with gross of US$29 million and 3.61 million admissions, as per Korean film council.

Escape from Mogadishu was selected as the South Korean entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated. It won 6 awards each at 30th Buil Film Awards and at 42nd Blue Dragon Film Awards including ‘Best Film’ award. At Blue Dragon Film Awards it was voted as Most Popular Film and Koo Kyo-hwan as Popular Star. As of December 11, 2021 it has won 21 awards overall at various award ceremonies.

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