[Korean Drama] 레버리지 Leverage

Casts: Lee Dong-gun, Jeon Hye-bin, Kim Sae-Ron, Kim Kwon and Yeo Hoe-hyun

Note: Leverage is a remake of the American TV series with the same name.

Leverage is a drama series that anchors around Lee Tae-Joon (Lee Dong-gun), who used to be an insurance investigator. When his son was in critical condition due to health issues, he had resorted to stealing a medicine produced by a biomedical company in hopes that the medicine could help his son’s life. However, what he did not expect that his thieving act was a plot schemed by someone with status and power.

With the quest to avenge for his son, he had recruited four other criminals, Hwang Soo-Kyung (Jeon Hye-bin), Ko Na-Byeol (Kim Sae-Ron), Roy Ryu (Kim Kwon) and Jung Eui-Sung (Yeo Hoe-Hyun) to form a elite fraud team that targets those with status and power.

Author’s note: In terms of the story plot, I realised it was pretty similar to some of the other Korean dramas that I have watch previously (I.e. the player). Despite the similar story plot, I still enjoyed the show.

For the five main leads, apart from Lee Dong-gun whom I had watched his drama before; the rest of the casts were people who are relatively new to me. That said, I like the great chemistry the 5 of them portrayed in Leverage.

Kim Sae-Ron ( acting as Ko Na-Byeol) is the thief in the show. I had never watched Sae-Ron’s dramas before prior to Leverage; but I have added her to the list of actresses I am willing to look out for in the future. With her slim and slender figure, it was a good fit to her character as a thief in the show.

I also love her bickering scenes with her fellow team mate Eui-Sung and her good partnership scenes with Roy.

Acting as the hacker in the show, Hoe-Hyun (Jeong Eui-Sung) takes the bulk of the responsibility for making the show light hearted with her comedic relief. His bickering with Na-Byeol were placed throughout the entire drama; but there were couple scenes that also suggested that perhaps Eui-Sung have affection for Na-Byeol.

A security specialist who is specialises in various forms of martial arts, Kim Kwon (as Roy Ryu) is, the guy that got me grinning like an idiot as I watched this drama whenever he smiled. Despite the fact that he acted as a security specialist who puts on a serious expression most of the them in the drama, he has his fluffy moments whenever he deals with kids / animals in the drama.

A top scammer who speaks multiple language, Soo-Hyung acts like one of the anchor in the show. Her “motherly” image was portray a couple of them when the rest of the crew were put in dangerous situation. Being a scammer, her acting skills was of course, top notch.

The main anchor for the crew, Lee Tae-Joon had single-handling show how a person falls into depression with the death of his son and how he rises back to his feet with the help of the team.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

While the drama started off as Tae-Joon being the anchor for the show, I was impressed with how the drama didn’t simply focus on him; but had an equal airtime of all the main casts. Each main cast have a story to tell and it was great to know more about the characters.

The plot overall is interesting. It wasn’t a full intense show as they have mixed in some light-hearted moments as well as comedic elements. This had made the drama more enjoyable to watch and I particularly love the interaction of Roy + Eui Sang; the bromance. With that said, the overall chemistry of the 5 of them were great.

However, there are some parts of the drama that I thought could be better explained (not revealing here for fear of spoilers). With some parts were not explained in detail, the overall flow of the drama is still present, so it did not affect me that much.

Though based on the ending of the drama, I wonder if there might be a possibility for a second season. It would be good if there is a second season, as I am interested to see how the main characters grow.

Leverage is available on VIU.

Source(s) for photos

1. Yna.co.kr

2. Hankookilbo.com

3. Chosun.com

4. Naver

5. Sedaily.com

6. Facebook

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