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I Saw The Devil- Pursuit Of Revenge

I saw the Devil movie poster starring Min-sik Choi from Old boy directed by Kim Jee-Woon. Reviewed by Nicola Odeku.

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Directed by Kim Jee-Woon, South Korean revenge thriller I Saw the Devil is a gripping movie with outstanding performances, incredible visuals and a compelling, emotional story.

I Saw the Devil begins by introducing us to a young woman, Joo-Yeon (San-ha Oh) sitting in her car on a snowy road, waiting for a tow truck to arrive. A seemingly helpful stranger shows up but she gentle denies his aid and sends him on his way. The stranger takes a dislike to her dismissal, kidnapping the young lady and taking her to his destructive lair.

Between her fiancé and her retired police chief father, the brutal being is found out and the hunt between the young lady’s lover Soo-Hyeon (Byung-hun Lee) and Kyung-Chul (Min-sik Choi- Old Boy) begins.

The performances are all brilliantly played and Byung-hun Lee is a revelation as a sort-of anti-hero. He is able to bring a lot of pathos to the role, while being quiet, calculated and stoic at the same time. Choi as Kyung-Chul is yet another perfect performance for Min-sik’s catalog of acting and you dislike his character as much as you are supposed to, but yet admire his persistence at times.

One flaw I do have is the intricate cat-and-mouse game between the two leads. Although it is genuinely suspenseful, it starts to become redundant as for much of the movie it follows this same format.

The climax however is refreshing and made the game worth it all in the end.

Kim Jee-Woon’s I Saw the Devil is an expertly executed movie that puts great emphasis on plot and characters and delivers an outstanding film that is well-worth seeing for those with a strong stomach.

I Saw the Devil goes to some truly dark places and is a dish that is served cold, reheated, picked at, reheated again and then thrown to pack of waiting wolves.

WICKED RATING: 7.5/10  [usr 7.5]

Title: I Saw the Devil

IMDb

Director(s): Kim Jee-woon
Writer(s): Hoon-jung Park
Stars: Byung-hun LeeMin-sik ChoiIn-seo Kim
Year: 2010
Studio/ Production Co: Softbank VenturesShowbox/MediaplexPeppermint & Company
Budget: (Unknown)
Language: Korean
Length: 141mins
Sub-Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

 

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Written by Nicola Odeku
Nicola Odeku is the co-founder of Wicked Horror. After managing a fashion and lifestyle magazine, in addition to writing her own published relationship articles, Nicola set up team with Arturo and followed her genuine love for horror. Also known as Miss Horror, Nicola is a big fan of hardcore gore, anything demonic, and disturbing cinema. Also cats. She looooves cats. Nicola enjoys traveling, sitting on a beach and eating cake.
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