There’s much more potential in the basic idea of “Truck” than ever reaches the screen, but when this grisly thriller is good, it’s very good — for short stretches. Second theatrical feature by helmer Kwon Hyeong-ju is totally different from his soupy meller “For Horowitz” (aka “My Piano”), but has enough plot reversals to make this a solid entry for genre fests and offshore ancillary. Pic did so-so local biz last fall.
Widower Jeong Cheol-min (Yu Hae-jin), a working-stiff trucker, suddenly has to raise $60,000 for a heart transplant for his 7-year-old daughter, Da-yeong (Lee Jun-ha). In short order, he’s wiped out in a poker game, stumbles across a grisly murder by a nightclub owner (who forces him to dispose of the bodies in his truck) and, while heading east from Seoul, is hijacked by psychotic mass murderer Kim Yeong-ho (eerily played by young Jin Gu). Setup is unnecessarily detailed; but once the pic hits the road for a long night of slaughter, tension is well sustained, even though Jang Hyeong-mo’s script doesn’t hit the depths of horror and complexity it could. Tech package is thoroughly pro.