This one clicked with me since the beginning. I don't know if it was the first contact with the characters or the sad moody OST but damn this is a damn good movie. The pacing is absolutely perfect and you really feel the hate growing in the protagonist towards the end. And let's not forget the flawless performance of the main villain. I need to buy this.
Sadar atau tidak, yang manusia kejar dan ingin dapatkan itu cuma rasa. Apa setelah mendapatkan itu semua manusia akan merasa bahagia? belum tentu! apabila memang manusia itu bahagia, apa manusia itu bisa merasa puas? bisa mempertahankan kebahagiaannya? belum tentu juga!
This film definitely exceeds my expectations on revenge gore genre. It's brutally unforgiving with it's execution and the tension build-up from start to finish. Profoundly disturbing plot that demoralizes the protagonist's actions by equating his character with the Monster he is trying to hunt.
Typical Kim Jee-woon really. The atmosphere, the gritty nature, the odd slices of (very) black humour, the visually inventive style. The two lead performances are superb, wrought, intense and engaging. However, I feel it lacks the punch, the heart that the real masterpieces of this genre like Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance trilogy live off.
The extremely graphic nature of this otherwise generic action/revenge thriller, is definitely not for the squeamish. Although sadistic, repulsive and pointless in its subject matter, the approach is strangely stylish and engaging throughout. Not a pleasant experience, but intense and hard to forget.
Hiperviolenta pelicula, bien dirigida que nos lleva a los extremos de la violencia, cuando la humanidad no se asoma. Más alla del amarillismo cinematográfico (cada vez mas estrecho con la realidad) vemos una cinta que nos hace cuestionar el sentido y absurdo de la venganza.
Sooner or later, the revenge story focuses on the wronged and whether or not they understand the idea of justice. I can't help think that Kim wanted to show the protagonist as a man who is a little out of touch with what matters more to the victims. One virtuoso scene of violence in a cab should have been enough, but there are some scenes that were a little too much.
It was predictable alright. Shallow too. Silly. It has no heart. In fact practically everything everyone said below is true. No, It wasn't a good art film. It wasn't a good film, period. But as torture porn, it's pretty damn entertaining.