The first 45 minutes of this 2.5 hour movie are EXCELLENT. The direction and the camera work are innovative and super crisp. As far as I can tell the acting was great (although it is in Korean so I can’t really tell if it’s that good, to be honest). There’s the wicked set up for the story ahead – a secret agent’s wife is brutally murdered by a serial killer (that’s him in the poster), there’s a really cool and agonizing search for the body scene, a very, dare I say, moving funeral scene, and the I promise to get revenge for the dead wife shot.
Next up are two brutal track em down but it’s not the right guy moments and then an awesome, I finally got you, you sorry bastard part. Then, when he’s getting ready to drop the stone and crush the killer’s head, he stops. He decides he’s going to capture and torture this man over and over and over until he feels he’s suffered like his wife did. I think this is a cool idea, the super revenge movie, but, honestly, it got a little boring for the next overwhelming bloody and gory hour and a half. I mean – VERY violent and bloody. Turn your head grisly. After the third time this man’s been beaten and carved and smashed it’s kind of surprising the character’s not in a coma. But he does keep coming back, extracting revenge of his own until the very bloody end.
I just tried to count them up in my head – there are at least 14 gnarly kills in this thing involving women, girls, young and old men, and even a family of flesh eating cannibals – this isn’t something my wife would ever watch. But, like I said, the camera work, stunts, directing and even the score are all well worth it, but it’s not for someone with a weak stomach. There were three turn my head moments, and it even had a couple of make me jump shots – which is awesome since it’s kind of cool to get that scared feeling from a scary movie every now and then. So anyway – overall this is a “good movie” but, it’s very, very, very realistically violent.
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