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Bloody Reunion is all over the place. It wants to be a serious look at what I gathered to be the prejudice of the lower class in South Korea, a tale of revenge against the worst teacher in history, and a gory as all hell slasher flick. With such tonal imbalances and overly melodramatic performances, everything gets lost in the midst. There are several ideas for a number of potentially good movies, but too many ideas for a single good one.
Asian slasher film. Nothing really new, or original.
The film begins with a number of bodies being found. The lone survivor then explains the previous days' events. We see a story of a dying teacher meeting some of her old students. It all seems to be going well, until we realize each ex-student holds a grudge against their teacher for an event/comment she made. It's great to see how such small moments can stay with a child for a lifetime, and how they can shape the person that child will become. It also emphasizes the need to forgive. The teacher doesn't always recall these memories, as they were just fleeting moments to her. It's about responsibility and how we should treat others, as well as empathy. Soon the shit hits the fan. Did I forget to mention the teacher had a disfigured son that was always locked in the basement? The film does well at mixing character drama with slasher horror, but is also a bit dramatic at times. A man hangs himself to Moonlight Sonata for example. There is also some questionable camera work, during dialog scenes it just zooms in and out from the speakers face, no reason for this, just very distracting. The final twist is obvious but does well to fit into the themes being discussed.
I may have to watch this again since I don't think I fully "got" it...
Otherwise it's a well-paced, well-developed Korean slasher/whodunit movie with some serious twists throughout.
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