Sector 7 is so bad that it is actually good. At least some parts of it made me laugh. It is a Korean monster movie featuring Ha Jiwon and Oh Ji Ho. They are part of the crew of an oil drillship that is attacked by a sea monster, which is the worst CGI monster I’ve seen in recent times. The monster whale in Moby Dick is better than this.
Ha Ji Won proves that she can handle action scenes. She did played a stunt woman in Secret Garden but for Sector 7, she had to train in scuba diving and riding a motorcycle. It has been reported that she did most of her action sequences without utilizing a body double.
But aside from Ha Ji Won, there’s nothing good to say about Sector 7. There’s no suspense and the monster is not really that scary. And what’s with the doctor coming to the conclusion that the white stuff left by the monster is semen? This and a lot more serious scenes from Sector 7 made me laugh even though they are not meant to be funny.
The characters in Sector 7 are not really interesting. There are just there to serve as monster fodder. It’s a pity because I think Ha Ji Won and even Cha Ye Ryun are underutilized in this one. Cha Ye Ryun plays the scientist in the movie and one of early victims of the monster.
And I still don’t know what Ha Ji Won’s character tried to do with the motorcycle. I guess the sequence looks good in 3D but what is she planning to do with it? A head on collision with the monster will not do her any good nor will it hurt the monster.
The premise of Sector 7 is good. An abandoned oil drillship in the middle of the ocean is a good location for a monster flick but the story is badly written. The CGI is bad and I wonder how the 3D effects look in the big screen. Maybe I’m lucky not to watch it in the cinema. Sector 7 is a funny action flick. Ha Ji Won might command your full attention on the screen whenever she’s on it but I can’t say the same about the rest of the movie.