Genre Guesstimation – I Saw the Devil (2010)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Gavin of Mini Media Reviews and he has chosen the genre of Revenge Movies

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Gavin!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Revenge Films.

“I will kill you when you are in the most pain. When you’re in the most pain, shivering out of fear, then I will kill you. That’s a real revenge. A real complete revenge.” – Kim Soo-hyeon

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Aug 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A secret agent tracks down the serial killer who murdered his wife in order to inflict ungodly pain on him over and over.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This film was Gavin’s choice for me to watch.

I usually am not a fan of foreign language films, but decided to indulge Gavin this month and try and get through a South Korean film.

The action in this film is truly non-stop and the idea to intentionally drag out the film just like the way that the main character toys with the serial killer feels like they are also trying to enact revenge on us for something.

I can actually understand why they would drag things out yet I don’t think that the plot warrants such a move to happen.

This film fits the profile of a good South Korean action film becaus eit is filled to the brim with action scenes and also gives us a usual heaping of excessive violence which not all of us feel are needed in such films.

Bottom Line – Terrifying idea because it intentionally drags things on much longer than it should.  I can understand why they would do that, but I would find it more justified if I felt it needed to be drawn out so much. Like most good South Korean action  films, it is filled with lots of non-stop action accompanied by excessive amounts of violence which might not be to everyone’s liking.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Marks Min-Sik Choi’s second role as a serial killer, following 2005’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. I understand why it was presented this way and is a great revenge story overall, but the film dragged on too long and parts in the middles could have easily been excised along the way.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – I Saw the Devil (2010)

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