The Chaser (Chugyeogja) Reviews

  • Jul 22, 2020

    Este filme é excelente!

    Este filme é excelente!

  • Jun 11, 2020

    Watta mess !! The writers turned out to be more sadistic than the movie's Antagonist. The writing is soo bad; it's just unbelievably frustrating. The writers managed to get that psycho testify his own crimes and then got him out in style. They managed to take a half dead woman out of her misery only to get her killed latter; reason CIGARETTE !! Also can you please kill that dog for dramatic effect ? Psycho - Ohh yeah !! It is understood that it's not absolutely essential for a movie to attain a closure or to end on a positive note. But when you take that path atleast make the inbetween story development absorbing. Sadly here, for a good 2hr movie, 1.45 hrs is just one way traffic. The Protagonist wandering in his car aimlessly, Psycho chilling in the police station, Police monkeying around when there's literally a house full of dead bodies, and a guy with previous crime records admitting to 12 murders. There is absolutely no character development in this film; for god sake they had a cop turned pimp worrying about his business well into the second half of the movie !! How can a movie be so dreadful inspite of being technically sound ? Answer : Horrible writing !! Epic crap. Total bullshit. And what the heck is wrong with these reviewers !! I thought it was a half decent movie given that it's technically good; but the story sucks big time, highly pretentious.

    Watta mess !! The writers turned out to be more sadistic than the movie's Antagonist. The writing is soo bad; it's just unbelievably frustrating. The writers managed to get that psycho testify his own crimes and then got him out in style. They managed to take a half dead woman out of her misery only to get her killed latter; reason CIGARETTE !! Also can you please kill that dog for dramatic effect ? Psycho - Ohh yeah !! It is understood that it's not absolutely essential for a movie to attain a closure or to end on a positive note. But when you take that path atleast make the inbetween story development absorbing. Sadly here, for a good 2hr movie, 1.45 hrs is just one way traffic. The Protagonist wandering in his car aimlessly, Psycho chilling in the police station, Police monkeying around when there's literally a house full of dead bodies, and a guy with previous crime records admitting to 12 murders. There is absolutely no character development in this film; for god sake they had a cop turned pimp worrying about his business well into the second half of the movie !! How can a movie be so dreadful inspite of being technically sound ? Answer : Horrible writing !! Epic crap. Total bullshit. And what the heck is wrong with these reviewers !! I thought it was a half decent movie given that it's technically good; but the story sucks big time, highly pretentious.

  • May 28, 2020

    You will be on the edge of your seat, hoping that the bad guy gets his comeuppance.

    You will be on the edge of your seat, hoping that the bad guy gets his comeuppance.

  • May 24, 2020

    very good movie and very troubled by the lack of conclusion or the lack of conclustion i was expecting!! i guess im as frustrated as the lead for not getting the desired revenge.

    very good movie and very troubled by the lack of conclusion or the lack of conclustion i was expecting!! i guess im as frustrated as the lead for not getting the desired revenge.

  • May 13, 2020

    Na Hong-jin shows all his talent in the direction of this mind-blowing, brutal and devastating thriller, composing a true roller coaster of emotions.

    Na Hong-jin shows all his talent in the direction of this mind-blowing, brutal and devastating thriller, composing a true roller coaster of emotions.

  • Dec 11, 2019

    Action packed, edge of your seat kinda film that'll kick you in the gut.

    Action packed, edge of your seat kinda film that'll kick you in the gut.

  • Oct 17, 2018

    I love South Korean Cinema. Especially crime drama. But the Chaser is by turns gruesome and amateurish.

    I love South Korean Cinema. Especially crime drama. But the Chaser is by turns gruesome and amateurish.

  • Sep 16, 2018

    Insanely good emotional roller coaster of a ride that keeps you guessing right til the end. The suspense is palpable. Same director as The Wailing.

    Insanely good emotional roller coaster of a ride that keeps you guessing right til the end. The suspense is palpable. Same director as The Wailing.

  • Apr 09, 2018

    I finished this movie feeling very impressed. It was a patient movie that honestly really surprised me with it's structure. It took turns I was not expecting. The story is familiar, but the way it's structured is not at all what you'd expect. This kidnapping/murder thriller goes through a much more realistic (and quite frustrating) path. Filled with infuriating bureaucracy, police incompetence, and just honest bad luck. And in this unusual way of going through a thriller, the cast completely nailed it. From the curious reluctant protagonist, to the comically incompetent police force. Pretty much all the characters in this movie were well acted, and very believable. The main cast was very passionate and interesting to watch. The characters made sense in their actions and motivations, so well played to the writing and the script. The movie balanced realistic violence with dramatic violence very well, at times even bringing in comedic violence. It helped create a grounded reality. The main characters weren't superhuman boxers or sprinters, they stumbled, they fell, they were out of breath, they were just regular people in this horrific story. When things got tense, the music got very eerie and suspenseful, loaded the scenes on screen with gravity and tension. Good use of music. Another thing I found interesting is the apparent criticism the movie focuses on South Korean police force (and perhaps the politics there). There was a lot of focus on incompetence, on nonsensical decisions, on straight up corruption and willingness to frame in order to get convictions or to appease important politicians. After you get to the story's end, you can feel the anger towards the police force. But I don't know a thing about real life South Korean affairs so there's that too. Didn't notice any particular cinematographic excellence or originality, it was pretty standard. And finally, the pace of the movie was pretty mellow and patient. It didn't rush from scene to scene, there was a lot of room for breathing and letting every scene run it's course. It felt nice, relaxing even (which is funny, considering the genre). OVERALL; very competently made movie, well acted, the story surprises and impresses, even explores some pretty interesting issues. It's another quality Korean film in the thriller/crime/drama genre. They know how to do this stuff over there.

    I finished this movie feeling very impressed. It was a patient movie that honestly really surprised me with it's structure. It took turns I was not expecting. The story is familiar, but the way it's structured is not at all what you'd expect. This kidnapping/murder thriller goes through a much more realistic (and quite frustrating) path. Filled with infuriating bureaucracy, police incompetence, and just honest bad luck. And in this unusual way of going through a thriller, the cast completely nailed it. From the curious reluctant protagonist, to the comically incompetent police force. Pretty much all the characters in this movie were well acted, and very believable. The main cast was very passionate and interesting to watch. The characters made sense in their actions and motivations, so well played to the writing and the script. The movie balanced realistic violence with dramatic violence very well, at times even bringing in comedic violence. It helped create a grounded reality. The main characters weren't superhuman boxers or sprinters, they stumbled, they fell, they were out of breath, they were just regular people in this horrific story. When things got tense, the music got very eerie and suspenseful, loaded the scenes on screen with gravity and tension. Good use of music. Another thing I found interesting is the apparent criticism the movie focuses on South Korean police force (and perhaps the politics there). There was a lot of focus on incompetence, on nonsensical decisions, on straight up corruption and willingness to frame in order to get convictions or to appease important politicians. After you get to the story's end, you can feel the anger towards the police force. But I don't know a thing about real life South Korean affairs so there's that too. Didn't notice any particular cinematographic excellence or originality, it was pretty standard. And finally, the pace of the movie was pretty mellow and patient. It didn't rush from scene to scene, there was a lot of room for breathing and letting every scene run it's course. It felt nice, relaxing even (which is funny, considering the genre). OVERALL; very competently made movie, well acted, the story surprises and impresses, even explores some pretty interesting issues. It's another quality Korean film in the thriller/crime/drama genre. They know how to do this stuff over there.

  • Mar 24, 2018

    As fucked up as only a Korean movie can be

    As fucked up as only a Korean movie can be