I Saw The Devil

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Apr 26 2011

Korean revenge movies reached their apotheosis with Park Chan-wook’s violent but sophisticated trilogy – ‘Sympathy for Mr Vengeance’, ‘Old Boy’ and ‘Sympathy for Lady Vengeance’ –  the last two of which starred Choi Min-sik. In director Kim Jee-woon’s monotonously brutal cat-and-mouse movie, Choi plays Kyung-chul, an amoral serial killer who abducts and butchers the pregnant wife of special agent Soo-hyeon (Lee Byung-hyun). Consumed by revenge, Soo-hyeon initiates an interminable game of catch-and-release, repeatedly capturing and maiming his prey, but refusing to kill him until the ‘most painful moment’.

A remorseless catalogue of calculated violence, casual cannibalism and sexual sadism, this inflicts over two hours of suffering on the audience – a cruelty compounded by the fact that its banal point is made early: per Nietzsche’s dictum, ‘He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster.’ Choi’s ferociously deranged performance eclipses that of handsome Lee, as does Choi Moo-seong’s, as Tae-ju, the seedy hotel owner with a taste for human flesh.
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Release details

UK release:

Fri Apr 29, 2011

Duration:

138 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Kim Jee-Woon

Screenwriter:

Kim Jee-Woon

Cast:

Choi Min-Sik, Lee Byung-Hun

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get a grip

No idea what film the critic was watching, I saw the devil is a Beautiful revenge movie, Well acted and paced.

get a grip

No idea what film the critic was watching, I saw the devil is a Beautiful revenge movie, Well acted and paced.

adam

Clearly we don't all eat cheese and drink wine whilst discussing how great Luis Buneul with toff friends. Average people just like to be entertained or gripped by films. not the artistic self indulgenge of some miserable arty farty arsehole.

rachael

Awful review. I hope this doesn't put off people from watching it. I suggest you look up Roger Ebert for some tips!

Uh

This review is a joke, right? Kind of hard to take it seriously when it's so poorly written; no surprise the reviewer didn't get the movie.

Uh

This review is a joke, right? Kind of hard to take it seriously when it's so poorly written; no surprise the reviewer didn't get the movie.

paul

very unfair review yes its brutal its a refreshing black humorous twist on the revenge movie genre, sounds like a typical attack on non hollywood movie if its subtitle it must be bad, which is an absurd thing because if you look at the some of the hollywood movies alot are remakes of world cinema movies, oh movies with subtitles unfair review

paul

very unfair review yes its brutal its a refreshing black humorous twist on the revenge movie genre, sounds like a typical attack on non hollywood movie if its subtitle it must be bad, which is an absurd thing because if you look at the some of the hollywood movies alot are remakes of world cinema movies, oh movies with subtitles unfair review

JayVee

Harsh review, Nigel. It's Korean and it's not Oldboy'. Okay. Well done. And what about the rest of the world. Compared with the US thrillers playing at your local multiplex, however, 'I Saw The Devil' is without doubt worth more than two stars.