Mar 1, 2011


I challenge you how many times do you have to cover your eyes with your hand during thiz film? The movie is so fertile, it makes “The Last House on the Left” (2009) and “I Spit on Your Grave” (2010) look like plastic trees. The violence level will shock you to the edge of your seat. A secret agent found his fiancée brutally murdered by the hand of a psychopath serial killer. With all the power he has, the agent hunts down the killer and avenge him through the mercilessly pains he could possibly do. The power of thiz movie doesn’t come from its story which is predictable but still it leaves you a little twist at the end of the movie, but how the Director describes it so well and brilliantly gritty. The fact is Korea Media Rating Board had forced the Director (Jee-Woon Kim) to cut and edit the violent contents in thiz film. Although after the re-editing, in some scenes it still will mark something in your mind, especially the killing scenes and violence against women. It’s not a recommended film for viewers with weak heart. Kim is known for his previous works such as “A Tale of Two Sisters” (2003) and “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” (2008). In thiz revenge thriller, the image is colorful with precise lighting and stunning cinematography. The throbbing Score works along harmoniously through every scene. However, the focus of thiz movie undoubtedly is on two main characters. Both bring a depth of emotion in their character developments. As NIS agent, Byung-Hun Lee (who is previously known as Storm Shadow in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” {2009}) gives a resolute and complex character, on one side he performs the vengeance without platitude, and on the other side we could still see his brittle emotion. As the killer, Min-Sik Choi (who is previously known for “Oldboy” in 2003) provides a convincing crazy psychopath character that is not afraid of anything. It’s a perfect role for Choi. Nothing will prepare you for some atrocious scenes. In the end, after seeing thiz film entirely, something will make you realize who the real devil is, is it the killer? Or is it the man who takes revenge on him? Since both of them bring unmerciful heat to their actions. Although they come from different direction and motive, finally they meet in the middle anyway, they are the same. It’s a good contemplation. Every person has the devil inside them. The difference is how far we can tame it?

Stars : 8/10
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Jonny Fendi

"I will kill you when you are in the most pain. When you're in the most pain, shivering out of fear, then I will kill you."

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