Naughty aka Juli Norwood’s review published on Letterboxd:
"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee." ~ Nietzsche
The above quote quite accurately applies to the young secret agent seeking revenge against the serial killer whom so mercilessly stole his fiance's life! You can recover from grief but you can't recover from self-destructive acts of vengeance for it corrupts and destroys your very soul and there's just no coming back from that! Kyung-chul (Min-sik Choi) is for all intents and purposes Baron Von Frankenstein and Kim Soo-hyeon (Byung-hun Lee) is Frankenstein's Monster! With
each violent encounter Soo-hyeon sinks deeper into the abyss!
Min-sik Choi's most memorable role was that of Dae-su Oh in the 2003 film Oldboy. A masterpiece in my book! I Saw the Devil is no slouch in that dept either but I hesitate to slap a Masterpiece label on it due in large part because of my love for Oldboy to the point of putting it on a pedestal! It's absolutely brilliant in its execution and delivery and that Choi's tour de force performance delivered one of the most foul, most memorable and truly frightening cinematic characters to ever grace the silver screen!
He was the embodiment of pure unadulterated evil! Satan's got nothing on Kyung-chul! Every time he received face time I swear I was wishing I had doused myself with holy water before slapping the dvd in the player! It is a kneejerk reaction deeply rooted in my catholic upbringing that comes to the surface every now and then even though I'm now an atheist! Fear has a way of making one cling tighter to their blankees and anything else that is a source of comfort! May I suggest you come to this film prepared for I promise you it is not an easy watch!
The film is violently graphic! It is equally disturbing! All bets are off! There are no safety nets! It is definitely not for the squeemish or faint of heart! But for those of us that seek thrills and chills, gore and horror with a healthy heaping dose of disgust it delivers on every front!