I Saw the Devil

I Saw the Devil ★★★★½

"He can't become a monster to fight the monster".

The story is about a pregnant fiance is viciously murdered by a serial killer, a detective plots an elaborate and intricate revenge plot for the man responsible.

The one thing that always bugs me when I watch some movies is some the over the top violence. It happens in most Hollywood horror movies were they try to show how brutal and dark it just comes off like torture porn. I think it's best for movies to have a reason for the use of gore and not make it mindless. "The Human Centipede" movies are a perfect example of what not to do with mixing gore and story. Until I sawed the 2010 film "I Saw the Devil" which has it's gory parts but it never felt like it's over doing it and that's what I wanted for dark movies like this.

The director of the movie (Ji-woon Kim) who directed "The Good, The Bad and the Weird" and "The Last Stand". I only seen "The Last Stand" and this movie, but I haven't seen "The Good, The Bad and the Weird" yet. But anywhere, Ji-woon Kim directed this movie with that sense of cold revenge which set up the tone perfectly for a film like this. Every shot in this movie is so excellently and it's a mix of beauty and ugly. I mean, this movie dose have a serial killer killing dozen of people, but it can be beauty with the open shot view of Korean even if it takes place in a environment of snow falling which is beauty to see. Ji-woon Kim directed the action scenes really smoothly and I got to say it's much better than most action movies today. I always love fight scenes from Korean or different kind of countries, because they fight scenes are quick, well performed, it get's you glued to the screen because it's that good and it's just awesome and Ji-woon Kim did a excellent job directing at matching the tone and the action scene together perfectly.

Byung-hun Lee who I have seen before in the not so good movie "G.I Joe 1 & 2" and "Red 2". But in this movie, I actually sawed him delivered a solid and heart breaking performance that Byung-hun Lee really humanist he's character that I can feel he's pain and fury against this killer who ruined his life. But without spoiling anything, Byung-hun Lee crying at the end was hard not to laugh. I mean he looked like he was smile or something. If you seen the movie then you know what I mean. Everything else was good but that cry at the end which made me laugh a little. Besides all that, Byung-hun Lee gave a strong performance.

Choi Min Sik (the main serial killer of the movie) delivered both treating and a uncomfortable performance that at times made me think that he wasn't acting at all. Choi Min Sik did a excellent performance in the movie that's chilling and unforgettable.

Now this movie does have a strong hold of blood and little bit of gore that some viewers may be turned off by. This movie isn't for everyone and I understand it may not be they type of movie to watch. I would only recommend this movie to people who love a dark gritty revenge film that doesn't mess around.

Now for the problems: What really took me out of the movie is how many times the serial killer get's smashed in the head by a metal object or by anything that can knock your teeth out or kill you. I'm not kidding you, there's so many times he get's tortured and get's brutally injured in the head which starts bleeding, but somehow he's okay after that. I know it's a small little problem but to me it's big enough for me to talk about it.

Overall rating: "I Saw the Devil" is a gritty drama that's sometimes hard to watch and hard to take in with the level of grittiness that's in the movie. It's both great and brilliant.

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