I Saw the Devil (2010 – South Korea) With Guest Reviewer David Alabaugh

 As a stranded female motorist waits for a tow truck to arrive, she is approached by a man asking if she needs help.  She politely declines but the man really wants to help her, or what we should say is; he really wants to help make sure she isn’t alive any more.  He clocks he over the head several times with a pipe, and the next thing you see is the man at home hacking her up into pieces for no discernible reason.  This girl just happened to be the fiancée of a Korean special agent who doesn’t take kindly to people butchering those he loves.  With the help of the girl’s father, the chief of police, they narrow it down to four suspects.  He visits each one in turn, trying to get them to confess through torture, but none of them are the killer.  He visits the home of the last man on the list, and finds what he needs – his girl’s engagement ring in a pool of blood.  That is where the fun begins.

Our cop friend (Kim) returns later that night to find the killer (Kyung) engaged mid-rape of some schoolgirl.  Kim proceeds to beat the crap out of him until he is unconscious.  Kyung wakes up in a shallow grave with a pocket full of cash, courtesy of Kim, and then goes on the run to avoid being caught or beaten again.  That isn’t going to happen, you see, because Kim has forced a tracking device down his throat.  He follows Kyung around for a few days and randomly beats on him until he blacks out, then drops him off in an abandon area and then starts over again.  It isn’t until Kyung poops out the tracking bug that the tide turns.  Kyung will not be made a fool of, and teaches Kim a lesson on how a real psychopath does things.

Alex’s Thoughts:  While the subject matter is crude, and the movie isn’t for everyone, I still found it to be a good watch.  The acting was good all around, and there really wasn’t a dull moment the entire two hours.  The story was original and flowed very well.  I really can’t say anything bad about this one.  There were a few scenes that were kind of hard to watch, but that was intentional.  If you liked Oldboy, or other revenge movies, you should really like this.  Alex Rates This Movie 8/10

Tim’s Thoughts:  This is the most beautifully shot gross out/revenge movie I have ever seen.  It’s really rough when it gets down and dirty, and the camera is unflinching, so you see all the gory specifics. Be warned this movie is long, and there’s just violence heaped upon violence, yet somehow they keep it fresh. For what it is, it excels, but this is not for the casual viewer.( Not to be a dick, but David, this is a Korean movie, not Japanese.) Tim Rates This Movie 8/10

David’s Thoughts:  Japanese movies are messed up! I must first say this movie isn’t for the squeamish. I love blood, gore, and human violation in my movies, but a couple scenes in this made me tense up. Didn’t help that I was eating at the time. So I warn you, don’t eat during this movie. This movie was all kinds of awesome, and had a lot going for it from the start. I love revenge thrillers, and bringing the actor from Oldboy (another Japanese flick I highly enjoy) was great. The acting was top notch, and the revenge themed story line was surprisingly new and fresh. I watched the subbed version and reading didn’t keep me from the movie at all. I had plenty of time to see the action, and get all the dialog with pausing the video. The coolest thing about revenge thrillers to me, is the concept of a person pushed to the extreme and becoming the “monster” they’re chasing. This “monster” is one to enjoy. So, for gross out (but realistic) nonstop gore, action, suspense, and all the beautiful moments in between, I highly recommend sitting through this movie…just not while eating spaghetti.   David Rates This Movie 9/10

“You can kill me if you want to, but that doesn’t mean you won.”

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