I Saw The Devil (2010) Review

 

I Saw The Devil (2010)

Dir. Jee-woon Kim – 144 minutes

Before seeing this all I knew about this film was it was directed by Jee-woon Kim (A Tale of Two Sisters , A Bittersweet Life) and that it starred the legend Min-sik Choi (Oldboy). So finding it on BluRay I decided to pick this up.

And wow this is a superb revenge thriller , hugely violent , very gory and brilliantly acted.

It starts with Joo-yeon (San-ha Oh) the daughter of a retired Police Chief braking down in the snow in her car. She calls for a tow truck and while waiting she is attacked and taken away.

Next she is stripped and laid out in what looks like a dungeon , her attacker Kyung-chul (Min-sik Choi) ties her arms. She begs for her life and tells Kyung she is pregnant. And of course being a psychotic serial killer he kills her and disposes of the body.

After the discovery of her body (well bits of it and a head) her fiance Kim Soo-hyeon (Byung-hun Lee) a secret agent decides to seek revenge. So taking two weeks off work he embarks on a deadly game of cat and mouse with Kyung.

This is undoubtedly one of the most savage and ferocious pieces of cinema I have seen , and while not classed as a horror film this truly does shock and at times is very uncomfortable viewing.

Choi is undoubtedly the star of the show with a chilling performance that goes from calm to wide eyed maniac in an instant but in a really convincing manner.

Lee plays the straight-laced agent very well but (probably with anyone acting alongside Choi) he at times is a little pedestrian and underwhelming. Although throughout the film he does portray a man starting to resemble the man he hates the most with real aplomb.

Beautifully shot , but not for a person who is easily put off by prolonged and intense violence against men and women alike .

At 144 minutes I thought this around 30 minutes to long, and the storyline is very predictable at times. But that said it is still a great piece of Korean cinema and very enjoyable.

A fantastic 7/10

 

About Andy Deen

A horror fan for as far back as I can remember . The first things that scared me were Doctor Who and the BBC ghost stories . As an early teen the video revolution came along and with it the Video Nasty campaign , and through all that I immersed myself in all things nasty. I love Slashers, Haunted House Stories and Devil Worshipping/Panic Films . I watch too much horror , listen to loud Heavy Metal and enjoy the odd tattoo \m/\m/
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