Excerpt: Director Jee-woon Kim ’s "I Saw the Devil" is a confronting, brutal and gruesome entry into the sub-genre of films focused on vengeance, and once again coming from South Korea. No punches are pulled and nothing is shied away from, creating a disturbing and haunting portrait of the true cost (and...
Conclusion: Rarely has the word "visceral" seemed so appropriate. I Saw the Devil is a brutal, bloody experience, and although it is, in a sense, "just another" Korean revenge movie, Kim Ji-woon's deft directorial hand elevates the material into a film that's as memorable as it is intense.
Excerpt: Directed by Kim Jee-Woon, 2010’s I Saw The Devil begins when a pretty pregnant woman on her way to help out at an orphanage breaks down at the side of the road. She calls her fiance, a government agent named Kim Soo-hyeon (Lee Byung-hun), who tells her to stay in her car and wait for the tow truck.
Conclusion: I Saw the Devil is a very dark and very violent Korean film that blends style and substance quite well. Yet it isn't easy to recommend because the violence in it is indeed rather overwhelming.
Excerpt: Traversing familiar movie themes of the hunter becoming the hunted and a loved one seeking revenge, it�s a sign of I Saw The Devil �s quality that it never once feels tired and constantly manages to surprise.
Excerpt: The idea that revenge corrodes the soul of the avenger is an old theme in vigilante movies, perhaps because it’s the only moral route down an exceedingly dark path; otherwise, retribution and lawlessness rule the day.
Excerpt: After his beautiful fiancée Joo-yeon is savagely murdered, Soo-hyun sets out to find the killer and exact his revenge. Luckily for Soo-hyun, his fiancées dad is a detective, and even better – Soo-hyun has been working as a secret agent and has a history in the practical application of physical...