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I Saw the Devil

Roundup-thumbstandard From famed thriller director Ji-woon Kim comes this edgy thriller about secret agent Dae-hoon (Byung-hun Lee), who discovers how far over the edge he will go in order to seek revenge after his fiancée is brutally slain by psychopathic serial killer Kyung-chul (Min-sik Choi). With the police baffled by Kyung-chul's murders, Dae-hoon decides to capture the killer, but his own increasing violence makes him wonder who the monster really is.
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Netflix Rating: 4.0
NYT Review
The South Korean director Kim Jee-woon offers “I Saw the Devil," an operatically violent revenge fantasy with stunning production values. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 81%
Critics' score: 81   Audience score: 83   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

This is the stuff of nightmares, where even the good guy is bad, and as shock cinema goes, it packs a punch. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

After a while, the sheer length and repetitiousness of the film begins to feel pornographic in the dullest sense. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Director Kim Jee-woon is a born filmmaker, even if this script (written by Park Hoon Jung and adapted by Kim) is unworthy of his efforts. full review

Mark Jenkins, Washington Post

As revenge fantasy, "I Saw the Devil'' is clever. As comedy, it's sick. As moviegoing, it's tedious... full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

A thriller that makes you wish you knew how to scream "O.M.G." in Korean. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

When it comes to bloody revenge movies, it's difficult to beat the South Koreans. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

Even at its most chaotic, the film never loses sight of the human toll of the increasingly over-the-top events it portrays. full review

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

A droll Nietzschean fable that's fully aware of its lapses into absurdity. full review

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Somewhere in all the blood (sickening realism is a selling point), a question is posed: When does the one fighting a monster become a monster himself? full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Never good with nuance, Kim is a beast with disarming imagery (like the severed head that turns face-up in a river current) but has few resonating ideas, leaving the domino-tumble of brutality to become its own tiresome spectacle. full review

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

On any number of levels, Devil is troublesome at best, offensive at worst. full review

Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 141 min
  • Available From: Jun 09, 2011
  • Queued by: 3680 people
Directed By
Ji-woon Kim
Cast
Byung-hun Lee, Gook-hwan Jeon, Ho-jin Jeon, San-ha Oh, Yoon-seo Kim, Min-sik Choi
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