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I Saw The Devil

May 28, 2011

An uncompromising revenge film that is darker than dark and gets burned into your memory. The film centers around a man who will do anything to hurt the serial killer who murdered his fiance.  Like the films, Thirst, Clockwork Orange and Oldboy I couldn’t recommend these films. They are beautiful works of art but the are not pleasurable while viewing. For the most part they put you in a super dark place.

I remember when I had the flu back in 2001. I couldn’t work so I decided to finally check out a lot of the crazy classics I had never watched. I screened Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, 2001, Donnie Darko (not a classic) Psycho  etc…. I remember feeling really bummed out and I couldn’t figure out why. Life was good. But then I realized I had been watching some super depressing movies and they had put me in a bad place. I quickly put in The Sure Thing and Spaceballs and I was cured.

This movie will not make you a better person. I hate to admit this but I was lucky for the X10 and X3o fast forward options on the PS3. I was able to skip through the brutal.

I lived in Korea from 2008-2009 and I grew to love Korean cinema. Before I lived there I only knew about Old Boy and the sympathy revenge films.  These films are celebrated cult and critical hits full of violence and creativity. One director I really really like it Kim Jee-Woon. He directed The Good, the Bad and the Weird. A fun spaghetti western full of inventiveness and joy…….He followed that up with  I Saw the Devil.

I didn’t know much about the movie other than Choi Min-Sik (Oldboy) and Lee Byung-hun (GI Joe) starred in it. I knew it was a revenge thriller but I did not know the extent of violence I was about to witness. A critic from the Daily Mail (UK) said it was “the most violent film ever.”  I couldn’t imagine being trapped in a theater with this movie. It is best to watch in the confines of your own place when you can take as many breaks as needed.

The thing about this movie is that it looks amazing and is acted to perfection. There are huge plot holes but it is meant more for shock cinema. This is no grind house film. It looks great but offers no sanctuary. You can’t pass it off as grindhouse shlock and the characters you could imagine in the real world.

Right about now you are probably wondering why I watched this film? I devour cinema. If I hear something is great or terrible I will watch it. I want to know why. I like keeping up with talented directors even if it makes me squirmish for a while.

I’m sure in a months time I will look back and appreciate the fine qualities of the film….but right now I need to watch some Top Gear then later watch the new Pirates (review coming soon).

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