A Killer Paradox centres around convenience store worker Lee Tang (Choi Woo-sik), who’s having a very tedious day, moaning that “nothing spectacular” happens in his life. Similarly, I’ll also be a bit boring by not revealing any spoilers, but note that I’ll only refer to elements that come up in the trailer and/or the programme’s description.
However, a situation later in the day leads to a man attacking him, and Lee reacting, killing the man, leading the police coming round – led by bubblegum-loving cop Jang Nan-gam (Son Suk-ku) – making Lee feel anguished, as if they’re going to finger him for the murder. Will they think he has anything to do with it?
But then when it transpires that the dead man is already wanted for murder, himself, if they could pin this on him, would they just hail him as a hero? And in the meantime, how’s he going to stop his mind from giving him bizarre reminders about the dead man wherever he goes?
I’ve only seen the first two episodes so far, but based on the trailer, it gets across that he’ll be killing many people and that none of them appears to be any sort of ‘good guy’, so he’s sounding like an ‘accidental Dexter’; and while A Killer Paradox is entertaining in part, there are huge gaps of ‘not a lot happening’.
Meanwhile, there’s also a side plot where cop Jang’s father in hospital. His mum moans about taking in flowers, but in UK hospitals, those haven’t been allowed for some time. I guess they think it’s a hygiene risk?
A Killer Paradox is not available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD, but is on Netflix from Friday February 9th.
Running time: 50-60 minutes per episode (8 episodes)
Release date: February 9th 2024
Director: Chang-hee Lee
Based on the Webcomic by: Ggomabi
Lee Tang: Choi Woo-sik
Jang Nan-gam: Son Suk-ku
Song Chon: Lee Hee-joon
Park Choong-jin: Hyun Bong-sik
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