Excerpt: I Saw the Devil begs us to hate and condemn it for its extreme depraved violence and relentless horror, but it's so outrageously effective and expertly crafted that our protests die in our throats. From the very first scene, I was aware that I was watching the work of a true artist.
Excerpt: Detective Oh: "He can't become a monster to fight the monster". The story is about a pregnant fiance is viciously murdered by a serial killer, a detective plots an elaborate and intricate revenge plot for the man responsible.
Excerpt: This is such an amazing movie, how far would you go to get revenge? I think this movie has great story, character build up and action and it is so deep. Makes you think is Lee looking at the devil that killed his wife or is he the devil now?
Excerpt: This movie is very violent and gory but it's also very very well done. I had a few issues with the plot at some points (what felt like unrealistic scenes to me) but that didn't really take away from my overall enjoyment of the film. There are lots of unique and memorable scenes.
Summary: If you dont mind foreign films dubbed in the english language then by all means check this one out! Great plot twister that has the fiancee of an elite special agent being abducted by a roaming psychopath.
Excerpt: This film is alot of things, long, gory, violent and shocking, whats not to like? It comes in at a healthy 2+ hours, which does not seem too long when you watching it, the way the story unfolds between the two main pretagonists is outstanding, given the recent success of Korean cinema and hollywoods...
Summary: Like Oldboy, this is a revenge thriller with a heart - a film that takes no pleasure in the pain it doles out and manages to feed an emotional current of sadness and remorse. That is, ultimately, what touched me about this film, since, without this thematic thread (and the skillfully and often...
Excerpt: I've read some horrible reviews on IMDB, too long, too violent, stupid story? but then again I read bad reviews for his 2005 effort "A Bittersweet Life". Possible the best film of 2005. Maybe some viewers just don't get it. I Saw the Devil is violent and does run 144 odd min, but is worth every min.
Excerpt: The other reviews are right on. I just want to add that the collection of dismembered body parts and general gruesomeness are really over the top. The writing, acting, story and theme are all riviting and have the makings of a classic... but the gore/violence level makes this more of a niche film.