Black House (Geomeun jip) (2007)
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Geomeun Jip (Black House) (Terra Shin, 2007) Geomeun Jip, released in English-speaking countries as Black House, is another of those films from southeast Asia that's been mismarketed as a horror film on this side of the pond, and has alienated both the horror market and its actual market (this is a mystery film) as a result. Distribution companies, when are you going to learn this lesson? I've seen at least a dozen southeast Asian films in the past five years that, had they been marketed correctly, would likely have been hits. While I'm not sure this is one of them-I didn't seem to like it quite as much as other reviewers who didn't go into it expecting Yet Another Southeast Asian Horror Film-I think it would have done far better than it actually has. Plot: an insurance agent, Jun-oh (You Are My Sunshine's Jeong-min Hwang),is at a client's house dealing with an unrelated issue when the client's son commits suicide-or so it seems. The more Jun-oh investigates, the fishier the "suicide" seems, and he beings to wonder if he's being set up by the boy's father (Public Enemy's Shin-il Kang); did the father actually kill the boy in order to collect on the insurance? It's a pretty standard mystery setup, albeit a well-acted and well-presented one, and you will not regret spending an hour and a half on this one if you're a mystery fan. But I kept thinking that if they'd considered pushing the envelope a little here and there, this movie really could have taken off-an innovative camera angle here or interesting use of color there or one really memorable minor character or... you get the idea. America, as a society, is so inundated with mystery shows that it felt, at times, like this was a feature-length episode of CSI: Seoul. Which is far more a criticism of American culture than it is of Black House, but it's something to be considered if you're an American viewer dialing this one up. ***
Very frustrating as the film loses steam after the first twist is revealed...it is an interesting thriller until that point, afterwards the story declines into a gruesome bloodbath and a second twist at the hospital which is patently absurd..the movie ends with what else? a third twist..hey why not? This story devolves from a decent thriller, to a horrorfest and finally settles as a spirit/ghost movie of sorts....I cannot say this movie is believable beyond the first 45 minutes or so; its more like an edge of your seat viewing---or edge of your seat deciding whether to turn it off or not. You decide....
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