Country: South Korea
Director: Jee-woon Kim
Mini-synopsis: A special agent seeks revenge on the serial killer who murdered his fiance.
Ro: 4.5 Stars - Oh how I wish there were more movies being made like this one. When you first jump into I Saw the Devil you're presented with a very grisly slasher/horror type film, but what's so remarkable is how it maintains the scary tension while transcending beyond being just another slasher film; there's even a decent sense of humor sprinkled throughout. One of the good guys fights back, and his plan is thrilling to watch, especially during the first viewing. The half star is lost because, due to the quick pacing, some of the dialogue feels particularly forced. Example: "Hey, remember back when we joined that radical militant group?," - thanks fat evil friend, but I can accept that the killer has a killer buddy even without the lame backstory. Some awkward dialogue aside, director Jee-woon Kim, along with the leads, Min-sik Choi and Byung-hun Lee, does an amazing job at creating a movie that grips you beginning to end.
Joe: 4 Stars - I Saw the Devil really snuck up on me by taking me on an unexpectedly awesome ride. At first, this film felt like it was going to be a typical "torture porn" flick; as we are introduced to the serial killer while he does his thing. However, the flow of the film stayed very engaging as the protagonist begins hunting down the man who killed his fiance. It doesn't help our killer, of course, that the protagonist happens to be a special government agent. A whole case of whoop-ass is opened, and we get to witness an epic showdown between a demented killer and a revenge-driven hero. The plot seems familiar, but for some reason this film really worked and felt fresh. The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I noticed a few little plot holes that really irked me. Other than that, this is one damn enjoyable film.