Reviewed Jun 18, 2012
Lou Diaz’s review:
This is the first movie from The Vengeance Trilogy followed by Oldboy in 2003 and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance in 2005.
The first hour dragged, and when it picked up the film laid down three entities exacting revenge. Ryu, the deaf, Dong-jin, the father of the kidnapped daughter, and the band that was called the 'terrorist group', each had own reason why they're in pursuit of their target.
Vengeance is a tricky term to use, because when we speak of vengeance we speak of heightened emotion. I was expecting power and rush in the entirety, more so when the story began to unravel but the movie had a different approach and it was a little dull. And I find the 'terrorist group' ridiculous. That part ought to be scrapped. What it lacked in intensity was supplemented by the acting and the direction so it's still a good watch.