Bong's powerhouse directing and unique tone really come alive in this film, juxtaposing the absolute emptiness in the doomed search for a killer (and their own identity) with the humor of the quiet moments. In the process, there's a sense we're watching a truly epic journey, both all-consuming and timeless. Truly, a great film.
A fairly run-of-the-mill "cops investigate a serial killer" story but with poorly written characters and a near-total lack of suspense or excitement. Weirdly goofy characters in what's seemingly intended to be a very dark and serious movie, making the movie neither dark nor goofy; it's mostly just dull and bland. And it's about 30 minutes too long. It gets a C-.
"Memories of Murder" is one of the more fascinating murder mystery films I've seen; namely because of how seemingly inept and emotionally-driven the detectives are in a time where forensic investigation isn't fully developed. Yet despite their corrupt natures, they all bring such a magnetism to the story that I found myself wishing on their success; and the way it concludes is just heartbreaking on so many levels.
Coming with high expectations from some scenes shown in Mark Cousins' 'The Story Of Film: An Odyssey', I met exactly what promised by the many that loved this movie before me: it is amazingly directed (the bar scene) and characters are finely constructed. Pathos in the end moves my emotions and touched something common among us all - the desire to have such passion, despite it being maybe destructive.
I'm pretty much fed up with all sorts of murder mysteries and I'm trying to understand why people are obsessed with these type of stories, but this was truly something else. The ending is absolutely chilling. I find it interesting how we have trouble coping with the fact that there is no higher justice and how some things can be coincidental or random. And this film chooses a subtle way of saying it.
Very pleasing in it's aesthetics. Nice camera angles, a little rack focus here and there, overall very well shot movie. The story is quite impressive, even with it being as melodramatic as it is at times. On the other hand it wasn't as impressive as I thought it would be. Rewatched it because I thought maybe I missed some stuff, but that didn't seem to be the case...