31 Days of Horror: Day 8- I Saw The Devil

Posted October 8, 2018 by Thomas James Juretus in Movies

Day 8 in our hike through horror cinema, and up today is the 2010 South Korean revenge thriller I Saw The Devil. A woman is waiting for a tow truck, talking to her husband, agent Soo-hyun (Byung-Hun Lee), when a taxi driver (Min-sik Choi) stops, apparently to help. Unfortunately for the woman, the taxi driver is a serial killer. Her death drives Soo-hyun to seek vengeance, but will the quest for revenge turn Soo-hyun into a monster, while he seeks to stop a monster? 9.5/10 stars

The film does a fantastic job at turning the revenge thriller on its head, making its protagonist almost as evil and relentless as its villain. Director Kim Jee-woon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) keeps the suspense dialed up as the killer takes more victims and Soo-hyun closes in on his target. Choi (Oldboy, Lucy, The Tiger) as the killer Kyung-chul is properly menacing, and depicts a man so evil that incurring his wrath could only bring pain. Lee (The Magnificent Seven, The Fortress) does a great job as a driven man to avenge his love, and yet human enough to show how devastating choosing such a path can be. The movie overall is an excellent examination of the nature of revenge, and how getting vengeance can destroy the person seeking it as well as their target. In Korean with English subtitles. Now showing on Hulu and available on Blu-ray/DVD.

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