Marika’s review published on Letterboxd:
"There's no rush. Do you want one or two months off?"
"All I need is 2 weeks, sir."
"Take more days."
"No, I'll see you in 2 weeks, sir."
I Saw the Devil illustrates the evolution of two very different men. The first: a good man who, when faced with unbearable pain, seeks revenge in an attempt to find inner peace. The second: a cold-hearted, soulless man who's only peace is felt in the seconds before he slices a young girl's throat. In another life, these men would've never crossed paths. Unfortunately, it'll only take 2 weeks for these men to not only meet, but to change each others' lives forever.
What do you do when your brain & body are craving the suffering of another to justify its own? What do you do when the desperation of revenge blinds you morally? What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted? What would you do if you knew any choice you made will be the wrong one?
The film is a bit too slow paced for my liking, however the last 30 mins or so is worth every minute of it. Of course, Choi Min-sik never fails to bring a completely flawless act to the screen. All in all, a bloody and ruthless revenge film is all you really need sometimes just to be happy.