God’s Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama Review

God's Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama - Lee Bo Young

God’s Gift: 14 Days is a suspense drama about a woman (Lee Bo Young) whose daughter is kidnapped and murdered, but she gets the opportunity to go back in time and try to prevent her daughter’s death with the help of a detective (Jo Seung Woo).

God’s Gift: 14 Days is one of those dramas that has been on my watch list pretty much since it came out, but I just never made it around to watching it. Well, I finally did, but sadly, the drama was a big disappointment. So let’s get into it.

God's Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama - Lee Bo Young

Lee Bo Young plays Kim Soo Hyun who works for a crime solving TV show. Her life is turned upside down when her daughter is kidnapped and ultimately murdered. But when she gets the chance to relive the time leading up to that, she desperately works to save her.

God's Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama - Jo Seung Woo

Jo Seung Woo is Ki Dong Chan who is a has-been detective that finds himself mixed up with Soo Hyun and her daughter. He’s a lively character who is very rough around the edges, but he has a good heart and carries around some trauma.

God's Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama - Jo Seung Woo and Lee Bo Young

So why didn’t God’s Gift: 14 Days work for me? First, I just plain struggled to get into this drama from start to finish. I’ve seen it described as being very suspenseful repeatedly, but it didn’t feel very intense to me. It should have since the stakes are quite high and there is plenty of action, but it just didn’t. I got more bored as it went along despite the thickening story and a whole lot going on.

This was also a rare case for me where the story felt very forced. There are so many convenient plot devices used one right after the other. It really was too much and made everything feel so unnatural. And the police work and logic was pretty awful too.

God's Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama - Lee Bo Young God's Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama - Kim Tae Woo

The characters in this drama also make some very illogical choices, and quite a few of them at that. Soo Hyun certainly made her fair share of bad decisions. I found Soo Hyun’s husband Ji Hoo (Kim Tae Woo) to be a difficult character as he does some very questionable things that just didn’t make sense, especially if he even remotely cared for his wife. I know he was meant to cause additional conflict, but he was too much.

On the plus side, the drama is plotted pretty well with new things always going on. There is actually a pretty elaborate mystery in place with a lot of layers of the story to peel back.  This does allow for some twists and big reveals.

It’s like the concept of the story is good, but much of the details and how it unfolds is what is not so great. I thought the way the story was laid out was a tad confusing and certain story elements weren’t adequately explained.

There were many times that I wondered why things happened and was kind of left in the dark. Just enough was explained to get the gist of things, but the full explanation remained cloudy. Then everything just gets so complicated and crazy that I found it all to be pretty ridiculous.

God's Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama - Lee Bo Young God's Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama - Jo Seung Woo

Now all of the actors were wonderful in the drama. Everyone is cast well, and they go all in for their characters. Lee Bo Young was particularly good as our leading lady. I could really feel her desperation to save her daughter.

Jo Seung Woo was also very enjoyable with his lively character that added a bit of levity in the beginning and then progressed to being quite intense in the latter part. Jo Seung Woo and Lee Bo Young also made a pretty good team and worked well together.

God's Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama - Lee Bo Young and Kim Yoo Bin

Then there’s the central relationship of a mother and her daughter. It’s a relationship that starts out quite strained, but then losing Saet Byul (Kim Yoo Bin) opens Soo Hyun’s eyes to what’s important. And Soo Hyun will do anything to save Saet Byul. Her love for her daughter is very moving.

Although I do have to mention that this child has a bad a habit of getting herself in dangerous situations and really doesn’t make it easy to avoid getting kidnapped. She’s a sweet kid, but she sure doesn’t listen, breaks the rules, sneaks out, and cries a whole lot. It certainly makes the bad guy’s job easier and mom’s job a lot harder.

God's Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama - Jo Seung Woo and Lee Bo Young

So aside from this drama being known as a suspenseful and thrilling tale, the other big thing it is known for is its ending. Without spoiling it, for those who don’t like somewhat open and rushed endings, this drama will be a big disappointment. I’ve heard about that from fans many times over the years and it is understandable considering how much build up there is for the ending.

Since I wasn’t really feeling the drama, I was actually kind of hoping it would just go all out be completely crazy and terrible after all that discontent from fans. But I was disappointed again, lol. Like I said, it’s rushed, left open, and doesn’t explain things well. But I mostly felt neutral towards it. I can see why others would be far more disappointed than me though, especially if you were enjoying the drama.

As you can see, I had quite a few issues with God’s Gift: 14 Days. It’s disappointing since I was expecting a pretty high quality thriller and instead got an overly complicated, messy, and un-engaging drama. But there are a whole lot of people who loved this drama and enjoyed it for the most part. So maybe give it a go, but watch out for that ending!

My Rating: 5/10

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11 Responses to God’s Gift: 14 Days Korean Drama Review

  1. fankdramas says:

    Totally agree, I did not like it at all

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  2. whiite says:

    whch Lee Bo Young dramas do u think are the best? except i can hear your voice.

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    • Kay says:

      I’ve actually only seen her in this drama and I Hear Your Voice. The two I hear the most about her being really good in is Seo Young, My Daughter and her most recent one Mother. I haven’t made it around to Seo Young since it’s 50 eps, but I have Mother on my upcoming watch list. Mother sounds like it’s a really well done drama with some great performances.

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  3. raistlin0903 says:

    Whoa….that really is a surprise to me. I have seen this series come by a lot of times, and like you it has been sitting on my to watch list for ages. This sounds seriously not good though. As we usually are pretty much in agreement with everything we watch, I trust your judgement for this one. So…scratching this off my to watch list. Sorry this one was such a disappointment. Hopefully whatever you watch next will be better 😊😊

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    • Kay says:

      Same. I’ve had this on my watch list for years and almost started it so many times. So I was pretty excited to finally watch it. But yeah, I just really didn’t care for it. Like I said, it’s not all bad and I can see why some people like it. It’s pretty fast paced with twists and a mystery, but I thought it all felt forced and the story got pretty ridiculous among other things. Of course, you might like it, but I would say just go for more well done thrillers than this one 🙂

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  5. snow says:

    Except the ending, I totally loved this show…overall there is HUGE disappointment but if we remove that last bit, I found it a solid thriller which literally kept me on the edge of my seat. Acting is fab and story is good as well.

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    • Kay says:

      Glad to hear this one worked for you 🙂 It seems like most people loved it, so I was really hoping I would too, but sadly, it just didn’t do it for me. The bonus was the ending didn’t up being disappointing for me since I was already disappointed, lol. But I totally get why it would be disappointing for everyone who loved it.

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