Even better than its accidental Western companion piece, Zodiac, MoM is one of the most ambitious works of popular narrative in the last 20 years: from its tonal evolution that mirrors the characters' intro to "evil", the expressive switching of perspectives, its implicit capturing of an era's confusion, & one of the most convincing & involving depictions of man's confrontation with the void—and therefore himself.
Bong Joon-ho produces another winner involving police who think beating confessions out of people is the only way to solve a crime until they meet a detective from Seoul with a more analytical approach in the search for a serial killer. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2010/09/bong-joon-hos-zodiac.html
I thought it was solid. I did especially enjoy the ending, including the final moments as well as the final 15 minutes or so. Whereas other comments below say that the atmosphere was "tense", I never picked up on that particular vibe. In fact, the film felt more or less goofy to me, but eventually revived itself.
did i ever write that this is like, one of the great serial killer movies ever? that i have seriously tried my hardest to get everyone i know to watch it at least once because it's sooooooo good. it has amazing acting, cinematography, story line, character development..you should see it. you should. you should see it.
My favorite crime movie and easily one of my favorite movies of all time. Never dull for even a second, it practically forces you to pay attention with its tense atmosphere and constant turns. The ending is very atypical for this kind of film, but that is a good thing, and is made incredibly chilling when considering the fact that it is based on true events.