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Terrible? This is a well-shot and very funny modern monster movie with political satire as an undertone. It is definitely a fun movie to watch, but it was different enough from a Hollywood movie to be fresh. I would highly recommend it, as well as Joon-ho Bong's other films.
Excellent movie in my opinion. Very different from any monster movie I've seen in a while. I also agree there was some great cinematography going on. Some real nice looking shots. Joon-ho Bong was good. I look forward to seeing more from him in the future.
The first Korean film I've ever seen, but probably the 30th kaiju film I've ever seen.
The effects are fantastic, and the initial attack scene has a frantic sense of realism that adds dread.
While the sense of humor (and satirical bites) seem to give tonal whiplash from time to time, it ultimately stays closer to the "sci-fi/horror" side of things in its second half.
Gwoemul is an interesting action-drama sprinkled with satire, but it's a fantastic monster film.
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This movie ranks #18 in Korean Screen's 100 Greatest Korean Films
This movie ranks #37 in BFI's 100 Science Fiction Films
This movie ranks #86 in Empire's The 100 Best Films of World Cinema
This movie ranks #96 in KOFA's 100 Korean Films
This movie ranks #108 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #138 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #148 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #149 in A.V. Club's The New Cult Canon
This movie ranks #218 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
This movie ranks #508 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
This movie ranks #591 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #700 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films