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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
6,027
Favs
648
Dislikes
78
Favs/checks
10.8% (1:9)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. 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. 6 years 3 months ago
  2. 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.
    4 years 4 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Korean serial killer-themed thriller I Saw the Devil, which fits the horror genre because of how gory the violence is (think Ichi the Killer), but is essentially a supercop revenge story in which the good guy adopts the villain's methods, terror and torture, to achieve his goals. If the film is trying to say there's evil accessible in everyone, the opposite isn't exactly true. Like many villains in Asian films, the serial killer is absolutely irredeemable and disgusting. There's no empathizing with that guy when the cop goes crazy, which I think is a weakness. Another weakness is that I Saw the Devil is at least 20 minutes too long. Lots of twists of fate, but it feels like we hit the climax and then have to suffer through another act. The cinematography is quite luscious and the action scenes well-choreographed, but be warned the horror is predicated on violence done to women. It's a horror trope I'm getting a little tired of, even when the intent is to make you squirm. 4 years 3 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #25 in IMDb's Horror Top 50
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