Memories of Murder is solid across the board: nice camerawork, semi-interesting editing, very good performances, etc.
But it's not particularly standout at anything. I think this has been done better, both by Bong Joon-Ho himself in Mother and by Fincher in Zodiac.
The pacing is sufficiently quick, but you'd be hard-pressed to call it "high-octane" at the 2 1/2 hour runtime.
The writing is fine, but there aren't really great sections of dialogue.
There are a few interesting themes at…