The Aggressives Review

Wednesday January 4th, 2006
By: Admin

The Aggressives Movie Poster

Chun Soyo is a quiet boy without much more on his mind than aggressive in-line skating despite his parents having to leave the country due to trouble with the law. He’s really just a beginner when it comes to skating, but he’s got passion and is fearless. He practices his moves everywhere with or without skates just like several of us do. Skating is really all you think about when you love it the way Soyo and his newly found friends do. What will happen to all the unique individuals in this story and to Soyo? You’ll have to watch “The Aggressives”.

I recently had the pleasure of watching “The Aggressives”, a Korean film written and directed by Jeong Jae-eun. Admittedly, I didn’t expect much from the skate film since basically every other American “in-line” film had been a disaster in many respects. “The Aggressives” was an impressively accurate movie representation of skating, the sub-culture and the universal themes of challenges that teens face. I felt as if the director really stepped into our “boots” from the beginning of our involvement with skating to the time it ends. It explored the different paths taken by the individuals in the film very well and I really felt that I could relate to a lot of the aspects of the movie. The story covers aspects of skating from competing, dealing with police, safety and even parts of the story focusing on parents and girlfriends that are worried about injuries. There’s also a bit of a love triangle, but I didn’t feel like that portion of the story was really flushed out very well. The story even exposes how the only thing that keeps us skating when some of our friends leave or quit is just our love for rolling.

I was also impressed by the directors visual style, use of lighting and the overal quality of the film. It was pure “Hollywood” quality.

The only thing I was a little disappointed by was how the story seemed to end without ever resolving the story around Soyo’s parents. Also, this is obviously a somewhat mainstream movie. It has decent skating segments, but it is meant to be enjoyed by everyone. Because of this, “The Aggressives” does have some of the common themes of many teen films. For example, when the kids are having fun they tend to be shouting and cheering for no reason. It doesn’t bother me so much, but I thought they could have chosen better music in some areas. Some of it sounds like something you would hear in an adult film.

Overall the movie has very few downfalls and in comparison to the previous in-line skating movies, this one rises above and is a must see movie for any roller. There’s plenty of skating in the movie, but also plenty of well written dialogue and story to keep things interesting. I watched the movie with subtitles, but from what I could tell the acting seems very honest and real. The best part besides the outstanding story was all the great camera angles, lighting and use of cuts to make each and every skate sequence full of excitement and energy. If you’ve watched Airborne, this is like the modern version of that movie. Check out “The Aggressives” now!

Relevant link: ShowEast - The Aggressives Movie Abstract