It’s the weekend and sometimes we just don’t want to go out right? It’s time to order a pizza, sit back and relax because I’m here with yet another ‘Netflix Instant You Might Have Missed’.
‘I Saw The Devil’ stars Byung-hun Lee (‘GI Joe’, ‘GI Joe: Retaliation) and is directed by Kim Jee-Wooon (‘The Good, The Bad, The Weird’). This movie takes the serial killer thriller and twists it.
The story centers around Soo-hyeon Kim (Byung-hun Lee), a highly-trained special agent whose fiancée goes missing one night after her car broke down on the side of the road. The girl’s father is a local police chief, and after an extensive search the worst is confirmed when her body is found hacked to pieces and scattered in and around a creek. Her father is shattered, but Agent Kim deals with his grief in a different way: by seeking vengeance.
This is a Korean movie so it does have subtitles. So, if you hate subtitles you may want to find another one to watch. It is also extremely violent (I mean…it IS a movie about vengeance) so it may not be the perfect date night movie for everyone. But if you’re a fan of extreme Korean cinema or well…just extreme cinema in general. This one’s for you. One critic has even stated “I Saw The Devil makes Hostel look like a teddy bears’ picnic.”
The movie does have its downsides but the ups far outweigh them.
The film currently stands at a 79% critic rating and an 85% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
My rating? Solid 4/5.