Going in to this I knew it was a Korean film, but I had no idea what the film was about. I’d heard it recommended by SO many people that I HAD to check it out. And I’m glad I did!
In short the film is your basic revenge story: When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge. (IMDB.com)
The movie starts with a woman, in her car, on the phone. She explains to her fiancée that she’s got a flat tyre and waiting on the tow truck to arrive. A car pulls up and a gentleman gets out and offers to help fix her car. She politely declines and the guy walks away. The guy returns with gusto, smasher her windscreen in then smashing her brains in.
So begins the revenge. The fiancée works for the intelligence services and, eventually, manages to find the killer.
From here on in he tracks the killer and, while he’s in the middle of torturing someone, the fiancée appears and kicks the crap out of the killer. Telling him that it’ll get worse each time. Problem is, the killer is quite enjoying the whole thing and isn’t as daft as he looks. Eventually the killer finds out how he’s being found, and the twists and turns begin.
Although it sounds like your average thriller it’s not. It has quite a few action scenes and certainly some elements of horror. Even a sprinkling of humour in places.
The effects are pretty good, no head explosions or anything, but plenty of blood and people being stabbed and beaten. The acting is all good. Particularly the guy playing the killer, he totally reminded me of the uber-creepy Anthony Wong, which IS a compliment, honest!
The locations are all nice and colourful, always using the appropriate colours to give more mood to a scene.
I don’t want to say too much more about the films story as near the end I’m thinking ‘so how can the fiancée possibly win?’.
Look, just watch it, OK?!