I Saw the Devil

I Saw the Devil ★★½

Second pass because I want to get behind something this ferocious and technically adept but it's so repetitive, so criminally long and so fatally shallow that I have to stick to my guns and call it a failure. While my lizard brain thrills to the astounding violence and virtuoso camerabatics this is still a pretty tired consumed-by-revenge jam, so narratively convoluted and hypocritical in its rote moralizing that I'm wondering if it isn't just a big joke, that Kim is just making a comedy of errors that happens to be about a couple of raging psychopaths. I don't mind that this is a flimsy clothesline for expertly choreographed sadism, I mind that it's 2 1/2 hours long and almost gleefully stupid.

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