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I Saw the Devil(악마를 보았다)

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Korea · 2010
Rated R · 2h 21m
Director Kim Jee-woon
Starring Lee Byung-hun
Genre Horror, Thriller

Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. One day he horrifically murders Joo-yeon, the daughter of a retired police chief and fiancée to Soo-hyun, a secret agent. Soo-hyun vows that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means becoming a monster himself.

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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Eventually, Soo-hyun's relentless pursuit-and-release approach outlives the director's skill and the premise starts to feel redundant.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Ultimately, the returns of the film's premise can't justify a nearly two-and-a-half-hour squirm. The savagery is honest, raw and hardly entertainment.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Never good with nuance, Kim is a beast with disarming imagery but has few resonating ideas, leaving the domino-tumble of brutality to become its own tiresome spectacle.


Boxoffice Magazine by Pam Grady

Plenty of people die in I Saw the Devil, but it is that first attack on Ju-yeon in the movie's opening minutes that reverberates through the epic 141-minute running time.


Variety by Rob Nelson

Repugnant content, grislier than the ugliest torture porn, ought to have made the film unwatchable, but it doesn't, simply because Kim's picture is so beautifully filmed, carefully structured and viscerally engaging.

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