(jorgito2001) from WESLEY CHAPEL, FL
Reviewed on 5/16/2012...
I agree with David M's review, at 2 hours & 20 minutes, it didn't feel "long" at all. Starts out intense, ends just as intense, with lots of intensity in-between. It amazes me how GREAT some of these Korean thrillers really are on smaller budgets, puts lots of American films to shame. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but I've personally seen a lot worse (either that or I'm just desensitized), and seeing the "hero" from Oldboy become the main baddie is awesome!!! He really plays someone you HATE and wanna see bad things happen to! If subtitles aren't your thing...shame on you, it doesn't take away from the narrative whatsoever and an English dub would HURT more then help. If intense and gritty thrillers are your thing, see it, SEE IT, SEE IT!!!
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from WALKERTON, IN
Reviewed on 7/4/2011...
A fantastic film, definitely worth watching. Just when you think it can't get any more brutal, it takes another step forward.
Yes it has subtitles but they are definitely worth reading. Do not let them scare you away. Get this movie and watch it.
Contains rape, murder, torture and vicious acts. We seem to adore these qualities in American films with our favorite tough guy, why not enjoy them in Korean with actors we have never seen.
In short, the good guy is going after the bad guy, a concept we can relish. Of course some of the methods are a bit extreme, but that's show business.
No, this is not some hokie martial arts wannabee movie. This is well done and gritty realistic.
At 2 hours and 20 minutes the film does not drag at all; it just gets better as it goes along.
Of course some Americans will re-make this in English next year and rave about their great idea of a movie, and all will flock to see it like the mindless cattle we are.
Why wait, see it now, you have been warned.
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