Review: Juvenile Justice

Posted July 21, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Juvenile Justice

Starring: Kim Hye Soo, Kim Mu Yeol, Lee Sung Min
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: N/A

Sim Eun Seok is an elite judge with a prickly personality who hates juvenile offenders. After she gets assigned to a local juvenile court, she tries to balance her aversion to minor offenders with firm beliefs on justice and punishment, as she goes out of her way to break custom and administer her own ways of punishing the offenders.

I’m a sucker for all things law and order so when I saw that this was coming to Netflix, I made plans to binge-watch it over a weekend and I made good on that promise, the week after it was released to the masses. I was expecting heavy stories throughout this drama and that’s exactly what I got. This drama follows a judge, who is assigned to a local juvenile court, as she faces case after case of juveniles being bad. She’s got a different way that she handles her cases and she goes out of her way to get to the truth so that her judgement is as fierce and as fair as it needs to be.

With every case she took on, the stories of those involved in the crimes really got to me. The acting, the stories, the acting, all of it made for a compelling drama that I couldn’t stop watching. I was invested in every case, in every character and my heart at every turn. Some cases were open and shut but others weren’t as clear cut but every case was heavy and every episode gutted me.

The main character, Judge Eun Seok ran hot and cold for me. In the beginning, she was so harsh and so cold that it was hard for me to connect with her but over the course of the show, she doesn’t stop being harsh and she doesn’t stop being cold but I was able to connect with her character and understand her better. She was harsh in her judgements and she was cold in her delivery but she was also fair and while I never fully warmed up to her, all of that was part of her charm and I ended up liking her just the way that she was. The way that she was started to make sense once we got more of her background so alls well that ends well, in my opinion.

The heaviness of each episode makes this a very hard drama to watch. I cried a lot because so much of this show was just flat-out sad. There was so much ugliness and cruelty that I had to stop the show from time to time cause I needed a break from all of the heaviness. Even with all of the breaks that I took, I still finished this in one weekend. It’s a credit to the actors that I was able to do this. I was compelled to continue, even though so much of what I was watching made me uneasy. This drama left me wanting to call my daughter and make sure that she knows that I love her. It made me want to be a better person all around to lighten the world a little bit since I know that there is too much ugliness in the world already. I’m glad that I watched this drama and I highly recommend it though, please watch with caution cause there is hella dark shit in here.

Final Rating


4.5 out of 5


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