Review: I Saw the Devil

Even this image shows the phenomenal performance put on by Choi.

I Saw the Devil is a flat out brilliant film. It's slightly lengthy, but it rarely bores you, and almost always keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next. Its two lead roles are acted to an outstanding level, and it's fully believable and a must watch for any fans of South Korean cinema, especially similar gore filled revenge film Oldboy. This film is worth 9 hammers out of 10.

The Good:

  • Outstanding acting by the two leads played by Byung-hun Lee and Min-sik Choi. The characters they play are also interesting and unique, and their intertwining stories are amazing.
  • Settings and atmosphere in the film are brilliant, lots of dark moods, and a huge sense of insanity is given when the two main characters are at their wits end, not caring what they are doing in broad daylight while police forces roam.
  • The story’s end was kind of unsatisfactory, which is oddly enough a pretty good thing. However the very final shot more than makes a great fade to credits.
  • Considering the films length, and all the side characters it goes through, none of them cease to add to the story, and there is no single letdowns.

The Bad:

  • Some over the top violence is kind of¬†unnecessary.
  • It’s pretty long, and felt even more so.

I’m not sure what to go into more detail with here, because the film is damn near perfect. The violence comes with the story that is being told, but will seem unnecessary to some, so I decided to mention it. Either way, any film that gets a 9 out of 10 is a definite must watch, and this film was definitely one of the best to come out in 2010. Better than The King’s Speech. Maybe it doesn’t have the universal appeal, but it’s an undoubtedly better experience. Buy it.

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