[Tell Me Something]
Edward Lee | 05/23/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"TELL ME SOMETHING is one pleasant surprise. It's plot is tight, it's pacing is solid, and it's surprises are frightening.Lieutenant Cho's back is against the wall. Brought up on charges of police corruption, he's a heartbeat away from losing his career. However, a series of brutal murders -- linked by the fact that the arms, legs, and heads are interchanged on the bodies of the victims -- pulls him away from the charges as he's placed in charge of the investigation. As it turns out, all of the victims are former lovers of a reclusive artist, Suyeon Chae, and now Cho must face the secrets of her past to unravel the mystery of the present ... and, possibly, her future.Drenched in an atmosphere of the best film noir, TELL ME SOMETHING is a superb 'whodunnit' that keeps the viewer guessing up until the very end. A cerebral combination of the police procedural and noir's best elements, the film presents a roller coaster full of suspects with an equal number of motives.However, it isn't until the very last scene of the film that the true killer is revealed ... a clever twist that haunts the viewer to a repeat viewing for all the clues that were missed along the way.Extraordinarily edited and wraught with suspense, TELL ME SOMETHING is not for the soft-stomached. The film boasts a fair share of blood and flesh scenes, shockingly simple in their construction but packing one terrific wallop visually. The performances, especially of the two leads (Han Suk-gyu as Cho and Shim Eun-ha as Chae), are dead on ... no pun intended. That's not to say that the film is perfect; there are a few clues that probably would've been handled differently, and one situation regarding a youthful neighbor of the disturbed Chae is a bit hard to swallow. However, the drawbacks are minor, and they do little to diminish the utter sense of dread and failure overwhelming Lieutenant Cho is the film's ultimate climax.Watch it with the lights on. It's well worth it."
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Rudolf Spoerer | Weston, FL United States | 10/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Because once this Korean masterpiece starts you will not be able to tear yourself away from this thriller ..... Interestingly enough the film has a dubbed English track, the dubbed sound is good and the English is pefect, but, unfortunately the voices loose some of their impact and it's pretty hard to be able to duplicate the sweet lilting voices of the young female stars ....
There are of course a lot of cultural differences that will be noticable immediately between the police work of these Korean detectives and the ones that we are more accustomed to with the FBI. The two police detectives don't really believe in 'backup' and they don't even have 'walkie talkies' ... If they call in they use their cellphones ... As well, you may see a task force room set up for catching a vicious pshychotic killer, but thats about it from there on in our detectives might as well have been private eyes working on their own like 'Dirty Harry' ...
The movie is complex, violent and shocking .. great or what ..... the viewer is immediately subjected to the suspense of the story and it doesn't let up till the very last minute ... literally ...
If this movie doesn't change you perception of sweet young Oriental girls that wouldn't harm a fly ... get a copy of 'Auditon' at the same time and, trust me, you'll probably never get into an elevator alone with one of these young beauties ... LOL
The DVD quality is superb ... sound.. cinematograhy all fabulous and first class .... definitely a keeper DVD ... Oh yes ...
Had me hooked...
Allan Galvez | 09/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"this was a great movie... had me hooked from the opening scene while the tension kept building til the final conclusion of the film...i would recommend this movie to any fans of asian cinema...worth the purchase...gonaa watch it again"
Well directed but confusing
Rudolf Spoerer | 01/23/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"i'm really glad that other people found this movie confusing at times. i was afriad i was just stupid or something. i actually watched the movie twice, trying to go back and piece things together. while i can see that there are plot twists galore everything isn't spelled out like it is in my american thillers. the end had a bit of a david lynch feel to it. it's like the audience is supposed to understand the relevance of certain things, but it's not clear how or why. i'm fairly desensitized to gore, and was impressed with with the murder special effects. the movie is well done, just a bit frustrating."