Redeems itself a little bit at the end, but the second act of this movie is a complete slog where the plot meanders and the motives of the characters are muddled and confusing. Another example of a korean movie that is dragged down by its runtime.
Harry Hole and his trusty sidekick Mariana Trench dive deep into this sea of red herring only to be met with snowmen build out of only two spheres (utter heresy btw), dubbed Val Kilmer and that terrible Popcorn song.
But in all seriousness I was highly entertained and invested in trying to make any sense of the plot of this dumpster fire. A so bad it's good whodunit with no logical reasoning and a large amount of possibilities kept me engaged throughout most of the runtime. Unfortunaly the intrigue fell through the (ice) cracks at the end.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's not completely suprising that the first full feature of a director most known for (at that time) his work on the original Dutch Big Brother is tonally a mess with choppy pacing and questionable character motives. It's a shame too because I fully respect Tom Six for prominently displaying gay culture from the early 2000s in his debut(!), especially when this movie came out just three years after the legalization of same-sex marriage in Netherlands.
Unfortunaly, Gay in Amsterdam…