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A.k.a.
I Saw the Devil
Year
2010
Runtime
142 min.
Director
Jee-woon Kim
Genres
Crime, Drama, Horror
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
53,607
Checks
5,918
Favs
636
Dislikes
75
Favs/checks
10.7% (1:9)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. Jordan95's avatar

    Jordan95

    Undeniably one of the most brutal and devastating films about revenge ever made, I Saw the Devil provides an intense and discomforting experience like few other films. However, I found it somewhat overrated; it's nowhere near Kim Jee-woon's worst film, that would be the still entertaining The Last Stand, but considering the consistent high praise it's been getting, I couldn't help but be slightly dissapointed by it.

    Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-sik give extremely committed performances, with Min-sik portraying one of the most disgusting and terrifying serial killers I've ever seen in a movie. It's a testament to Min-sik's acting that he takes this somewhat one-note character and makes him utterly monstrous. Every time you think he cannot surpass himself in depravity, he actually does. Byung-hun, in his third consecutive film with Jee-woon, makes palpable the despair and moral descent of his character.

    Director Kim Jee-woon certainly pushes the boundaries of on-screen violence in a mainstream movie and although there are numerous shocking scenes of unspeakable brutality, there's a point around the halfway mark where the violence becomes so over-the-top that it loses quite a bit of credibility during some crucial sequences. spoiler

    Despite my misgivings, I Saw the Devil is an shocking and extreme revenge film with a downright brutal and heartbreaking ending that proves once again what other South Korean films about the subject have already proven: revenge is worthless.
    3 years 8 months ago
  2. Ralf's avatar

    Ralf

    I still find some of the plot devices in this film excruciatingly half-assed, but it really gets better with repeat viewings - plus, it's just exceptionally well-made. The cinematography is some of the best I've seen in any film, and its relentless brutality and awesome pacing just drew me in... again. Insane film. 5 years 7 months ago
  3. rhitwick's avatar

    rhitwick

    Good movie but too lengthy. Should have been 20 minutes less. 7 years 5 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #26 in Horror
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