Erika’s review published on Letterboxd:
"I will kill you when you are in the most pain. When you're in the most pain, shivering out of fear, then I will kill you. That's a real revenge. A real complete revenge"
Have you ever had that movie where you go in expecting something great but get something something even better? That happens sometimes such as movies like Birdman and I saw the devil is one of those movies. A secret agent who exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases isn't the most original story but director Jee-Woon Kim (A Tale of Two Sisters) knows how to make this story fresh, original and unpredictable. Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe) plays the agent who's wife is brutally murdered and Min-sik Choi (Oldboy) plays the killer. The movie shows the perspectives of its two leads, showing the agents quest to and the horrific actions of its killer. Something I loved about the movie is how you aren't certain about the killers motivations and unlike some movies, it works to show how sadistic this person is. Byung-hun Lee delivers a fantastic performance and Min-sik Choi is brilliant as usual who are both immensely believable in their parts. The direction by Jee-Woon Kim is fearless and stylish and doesn't shy away from the insane amount of violence that the movie contains. If you cringe at violence and gore, stay away from this movie as much as possible but for the rest its defiantly worth watching. There's a bunch of scenes that are hard to watch and actually made me cringe but they work for the story instead of being violent just for violence. The screenplay by Hoon-jung Park is brilliant going from intense and gritty to absolutely terrifying at times. At 140 minutes, I saw the Devil is never boring, its always entertaining and the story is gripping enough to always keep your attention. In the end, I saw the Devil left me speechless in the best way possible. Its a movie that perfectly blends its genres into a film that I will gladly consider one of my favorites.