The Voice of a Murderer (Geu nom moksori) (2007)
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Perhaps a change is necessary for the English title of this film. Change it to Voice of a Kidnapper, title sort of gave it away there, removing any tension from the film. Though I'm not sure there would have been any anyway. The Voice of a Murderer is an acceptable piece of work but it never quite reaches it's goals. Tension? No. It isn't built and as such there's no pay-off. People just go to meeting spots and back again. Emotion? Hardly. The film spends too long on the procedural elements. There are some wonderful scenes, such as the drunken father driving over a speed-bump again and again, whilst there's a cop staking out in his trunk. It's never enough though. Chilling? Nope. The kidnapper never seems like a threatening character. Only the final few minutes, where the actual recording of his voice is played, bring a few goosebumps with it. Exciting? Never. It seems so determined to tell it's story, it forgot that some kind of affect has to be had on the audience. Unlike another Korean true story Memories of Murder which was tense, scary, funny, thrilling and moving.
It is said that this movie is based on real facts.
It certainly looks like real life, the events going on painfully chaotically. However, it gets funnier and funnier once you decide not to get involved.
Run of the mill korean child kidnapping story based on a true incident in 1991..fairly dramatic with spot-on acting performances from the cast. The film just seems to be a collection of wild goose chases and running here and there..there is little suspense build up (since the title of the movie removes all the mystery) . It does show in convincing fashion the frustration of the parents and the ineptitude of the police; however the kidnapper seems to be omnipresent; he knows what is always happening and sees everything; without any explanation in the film why that's the case. Nevertheless, you will watch it in its entirety to see how it is resolved. Way too much angst, overly maudlin and quite depressing..and no resolution at the end either...a more effective movie of this genre is "Memories of Murder", another korean film that covers an unsolved killing more effectively.
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