Chris Haydon’s review published on Letterboxd:
A gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and pulverising game of cat and mouse.
I Saw the Devil is a film motioned by visuals; boldly staged and filtered images which are equally visceral in content as they are dense in emotion.
Yes there are some moments which are difficult to stomach, but the depictions of violence and criminality here are so vivid that they correctly paint the desired portrait of disgust and horror. Never is even a cell of footage glamourised here, rather bathed in blood, sweat and tears.
The cinematography, sound design, lighting and set construction are all towering too - Kim Jee-woon's film packs unfathomable punch in even the slightest areas.
I Saw the Devil is a punishing picture, but it's a total must-see.