Superior psychological thriller with a small dose of supernatural horror to give that extra feel of excellence. Complex but rewarding story with good characters. Excellent direction. It can be a tiny bit confusing at times and deserve many viewings in order to catch every layer of it's story as it could be interpreted differently each time.
A unique and attention-getting film that unfortunately falls apart towards the end. The subtleties that drew me in quickly sank into cliche, leaving me with a plot I cared less and less about. Regardless, it's still better than most films of the genre and has a soundtrack that makes it worthwhile. On a side note, I'd love to see a non-horror movie set in this house. I was almost distracted by its coziness.
Une splendide photographie, pour un ensemble plutôt fort brillant et séduisant, tournant souvent à vide et dont la narration souffre d'un excès de formalisme en laissant le filmage ouvert aux moult, voire quotidiennes modifications scénaristiques (dixit le réalisateur) perdant ainsi en efficacité et rigueur, pour une compréhension bien plus incertaine et plutôt hasardeuse de l'ensemble... www.cinefiches.com
2.5-3. Not sure how 'scary' I would say this movie is; a number of its later 'scary' moments rely on predictably patterned jumps and jolts, but it is gorgeous, and sad. And it pulls off a twisty worthy of 'The Others' that sends it spiraling into a labyrinth of broken time and reflection. So, I'm glad I saw it; I think there is SOMETHING here that sticks, and I'd probably recommend it to others.
A definite must-see for any film lover over the globe. This movie really breathes the essence of Korean cinema in my opinion, not materialistically nor culturally, but definitely imaginatively. Beautiful legend of the story and such a deft approach in it's film version. The movie deserves itself in the ranks of Oldboy, SSFW&S, etc. A contrast of Kim Jee-Woon's next best-I Saw The Devil, which is equally brilliant.