Posted on 7/14/10 10:44 AM
Let me start by saying that I have been putting this movie off. I don't exactly know why I did. Maybe because I was expecting something like Kill Bill because of how the DVD package said "...arrives with the Quentin Tarantino seal of approval..." Don't get me wrong, his movies are okay, but I always thought that they were a bit too quirky for my tastes.
Anyway (Sorry to ramble), I was consistently recommended this movie so I figured, after so long, that I would give it a shot.
From beginning to end, you are constantly asking "what the hell is going on". Usually this bugs a lot of people when it comes to movies, but since this was a very well executed suspense-thriller, one would have an exciting time trying to unravel the questions posed. With a taste of action and a difficult yet beautiful romance, you won't even have to preoccupy yourself for long trying to figure out the answers yourself. Plus, it is all basically spelled out in the end.
The characters are just perfect. Oh Dae-su, the businessman turned crazed and vengeful monster is the perfect example of someone toyed with by fate. Even the villain, Woo-jin, is complex in his own way which, for me at least, led to a feeling of sympathy for the character.
Both visually and mentally stimulating with an edgy plot and wonderful delivery, this movie has made it's way to becoming my favorite. I think I may have said something in my Lady Vengeance review about how it's probably better. I revoke that. Completely. Both are extremely good movies, but I would have to go with this one.
A well deserved 100% from yours truly. If you haven't seen it. Watch it. Right now. Seriously.