Synopsis. Space Sweepers is a 2021 Korean film about space crew who find themselves entrusted with the care of a little girl who is more than she seems. Can they keep her safe from the forces that want her for their own nefarious purposes?.
What I liked.
Song Joong Ki as Tae Ho. The pilot of the space ship, Tae Ho needs money to retrieve his daughter from the abyss of space. When the little girl encounters him, Tae Ho realizes there is a huge reward to be made. He doesn’t want to save the little girl but his conscience tugs at him. When the evil forces arrive for her, will Tae Ho take the money to save his daughter or will save this special little girl? Song Joong Ki has a boyish charm that can’t be hidden even when portraying the down but not out Tae Ho.
Park Ye Rin as Dorothy/Kang Kot Nim. Ye Rin portrayed the cute, charming, and resilient Kot Nim. It was easy to see why she touched the hearts of the Space Sweeper crew. This young Korean actor hit the sweet spot of interacting with adults while being a kid, albeit one with special abilities.
The rest of the Space Sweepers crew – Kim Tae Ri as Captain Jang, Jin Sun Kyu as Tiger Park, and Yu Hae Jin as the voice of the robot Bubs. Each member of the crew had a moment that mattered. They grew stronger as a team throughout the film. Tiger’s relationship with Kot Nim worked. I could have used even more backstory to bring depth to these characters.
What I didn’t like.
Slow start, good but not great story. It a bit to gain momentum, then things started click once the little girl Kot Nim appeared. Director and Writer Jo Sung Hee, who served both capacities in this film as well as his previous films, knew where he was going with the story. The depth of characters and complexity of story could have been improved. The villain’s “why” wasn’t as clear or impactful as it could have been. This movie won’t strain the brain. This was a CGI heavy film and for the most part didn’t overshadow the story.
Would I recommend Space Sweepers? Yes. Song Joong Ki is always watchable. The comradery among the crew and the little girl they fight to protect makes this film work.