Space Sweepers Review

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.

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7 comments on “Space Sweepers Review
  1. DramaDazed says:

    Just finished watching and you’re spot on as usual kjt. I did a little bit of forwarding around action scenes.

    I could have wished for a little more plain Song Joong Ki scenes but at the same time all of the crew acquitted themselves well and were interesting if lightly developed characters.

    Child actress Park Ye Rin hit the right notes.

    In my personal rate sheet it’s a yes I may watch it again down the road.

    I found the international flavor done a little better than usual. Sometimes I think the worst possible pastyfaced barely English speaking can’t act caucasians are cast as revenge for all the horrible casting Hollywood has done for Asian roles. There was really only the one older woman who really annoyed me here. I also appreciated the inclusion of some Spanish, French, and German dialogue.

    The feel good ending also makes it a positive recommendation if asked.

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    • I found the international flavor done a little better than usual. Sometimes I think the worst possible pasty-faced barely English speaking can’t act Caucasians are cast as revenge for all the horrible casting Hollywood has done for Asian roles. There was really only the one older woman who really annoyed me here. I also appreciated the inclusion of some Spanish, French, and German dialogue.
      I recognized several of the English speaking actors and they didn’t irk me to much either. Good point about the multiple languages showcased. It makes sense.

      Child actress Park Ye Rin hit the right notes.
      I like child actors in Korean productions more than child actors in other countries’ productions.

      The feel good ending also makes it a positive recommendation if asked.
      Yep, the bit of heart made this movie worthwhile.

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  2. Jane Tilly says:

    I started this last night with my eonni. With strong actors like Song Joong Ki and Kim Tae Ri, I had higher expectations, so it was a disappointing start and my eonni couldn’t take it, so we watched something else. We didn’t get far enough in to see the child actress, other than as a news item. After reading your review, I’m inclined to pick it up and finish it without high expectations.

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  3. beez says:

    I guess I’m the odd man out because I LOVED IT!

    I guess I didn’t expect much even though it advertised a pretty decent budget. But I know S.K. hasn’t done much by way of space sci-fi in movies or television – there was Ha Ji won’s Sector 7 (🤣🤣🤣 but it wasn’t meant to be funny). So I was just hoping that it wouldn’t be boring or put all the focus on SJK (despite my bias for him) by hoping rom-com or overly romantic.

    So I was happy that I found enough about it to like. I looked at it as a space romp and just plain fun. I was also pleasantly surprised by Kim Tae ri’s role as, imo, women aren’t usually allowed this type of role – badazz with no apologies. By “apologies”, I mean that when a woman is cast in an action role, it’s as if they still backtrack to show her feminine “weak” side. The Captain here has no weak or soft side. 👍

    I will be watching it again. The only reason I haven’t rewatched it yet is I found the subtitles for the international/foreign actors disturbing (kinda causing a disconnect in my brain). The subtitles didn’t match what they were saying in English.

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    • So I was happy that I found enough about it to like. I looked at it as a space romp and just plain fun. I was also pleasantly surprised by Kim Tae ri’s role as, imo, women aren’t usually allowed this type of role – badazz with no apologies. By “apologies”, I mean that when a woman is cast in an action role, it’s as if they still backtrack to show her feminine “weak” side. The Captain here has no weak or soft side. 👍
      Good point about the Captain. She NEVER had to be feminine.

      The only reason I haven’t rewatched it yet is I found the subtitles for the international/foreign actors disturbing (kinda causing a disconnect in my brain).
      Netflix defaulted to dubbed which was dreadful. I had to switch to subtitles. If you can’t hear the actors deliver the lines, it decreases the impact.

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