Sorum (Goosebumps) (2001)
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Another mismarketed film... it's not horror but rather drama/suspense. The story is not easy to follow, it's slow-burning and lingering, but if you pay attention, in the end pieces of the puzzle sort of fall into places. The acting and directing is very strong as is usually is the case with modern-day Korean cinema.
It was hard to completely like this film. It is classified as a horror. But there is nothing scary about it until the last twenty minutes of the film and even that isn't too bad. I will admit that the film had a dark feel throughout. I didn't hate it though. It had a decent story line and a great ending, but getting to the end was so long. They could of shaved a good thirty minutes off and the film still would of been fine. Myeong-min Kim was the lead in the film and he did a great job. You knew he had a strange past and they did a great job of hiding it. Cast next to him was Jin-Young Jang who seemed to always be off in la la land, but that made a great character. The whole time your mind is trying to figure out the characters and story. So there is much suspense, but it just stays still. There is no thrill rides during this movie until the end. If you enjoy story enough half way through the film, I suggest that you wait till the end because it is worth it.
Slow to be sure, nothing much happens in this psychological mystery that has hints of horror underlying it. Despite a sluggish pace and no real conclusion or resolution to the story, the film features strong performances from the leads, moments of truly emotional intensity, haunting imagery, unconventional direction within its plot, and even moments of (albeit rough) poetry. The film is hypnotic and mesmerizing, but those expecting standard genre fare will be greatly disappointed.
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