Thursday, March 17, 2011

I Saw the Devil (2010, Jee-woon Kim)


I Saw the Devil is the latest film by Jee-woon Kim, best known for such classics as A Tale of Two Sisters (remade for American audiences as The Uninvited), The Good the Bad and the Weird and A Bittersweet Life.  After playing some festivals, Magnolia Pictures will be releasing the film this Friday (March 18th 2011) for a limited theatrical run before a DVD and Blu Ray release.

I Saw the Devil is about Kyung-Chul (Min-sik Choi, best known from the film Oldboy), a serial killer who preys on young victims and then mutilates their bodies.  His latest victim, Joo-yeon (San-ha Oh), who happens to be the daughter of a retired police chief, is found in pieces in a river.  Her fiance, Soo-hyun (Lee Byung-hun aka Storm Shadow from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra) immediately tries to track down her murderer.  Using his connections as a secret service agent, Soo-hyun finally discovers that Kung-Chul is the killer and instead of killing him, he makes him suffer a series of unspeakable acts.  Kung-Chul, being the nearly-indestructible psychopath that he is, starts playing his own games and it's only a matter of time before one man is left standing.

I Saw the Devil is a brutal revenge tale overflowing with shocking violence and non-stop action.  Jee-woon Kim manages to keep the film moving at a quick pace (even with a 2 hour and 20 minute running time) without boring the audience.  Also the characters here, especially the deadly Kyung-Chul, are well constructed and the series of twists keep you guessing until the end.  Viewers may think the film is a more straight forward horror film by the title, and thought it's not, there is enough blood and gore to satisfy.  If you are a fan of Jee-woon Kim's other films or other Asian revenge titles (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), you won't be disappointed.

To see the upcoming showings, click HERE


RATING:  9/10

I Saw the Devil [Blu-ray]

I Saw the Devil

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