I SAW THE DEVIL Review
Written by: Laash
This is one BLOODY-Ferocious revenge flick! After finding out his girlfriend has been brutally murdered by a sadistic killer, NSI agent Soo-Hyun takes the matters into his own hand and soon enough able to tracks down the psychopath culprit Kyung-chul who mercilessly likes to kill his young female victims with a dose of sexual assault.
Soo-Hyun also takes an oath for his dead girlfriend to give her killer ‘10000 times more pain’ and eventually he tries that through his own macabre catch-and-release game.
Soo-Hyun takes the vengeance into a new level of gruesomeness where the line between ‘good & evil’ or ‘crime & punishment’ becomes blurred…where both of them explores & shows their darkest & meanest side to each other and finally confronts the Devil on earth within them.
In compare to Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy or Korea's rising genre of Serial killer films (like Memories of Murder, Mother & The Chaser) This kind of hard-boiled revenge thriller doesn’t come with the same level of moral dilemma or emotional content that leaves you with a devastating or mind blowing experience.
But it’s a pure and nearly over the top gore & action pack revenge film that surely has the capacity to satisfy its original audience. There is a brutal double murder in a running cab where the camera swoops around inside the cab in a circle was brilliantly done. So don’t take it as just another grotesque revenge thriller…there’s plenty of eye catching moments you’ll find in Kim Ji-woon’s (the director of The Quiet Family, A Tale of 2 Sisters, A Bittersweet Life and The Good, the Bad, the Weird) I SAW THE DEVIL.