Justin’s review published on Letterboxd:
This just felt like a complete tonal mess with pretty bad character writing.
Every character is extremely one note and almost has 0 complexity and individuality. I understood Choi Min-sik's character is supposed to be the pure embodiment of evil and the actor does well with what he's given but he and everyone else felt so shallow.
Character's often make awful nonsensical decisions, the movie is full of plot holes. (How does Lee Byung-hun's character end up with the transmitter again by the end of the movie. Shouldn't it still be inside that other guys stomach? Why does everyone heal so fast? Why are the police just sitting back and letting this happen?)
We bounce from melodrama to serious revenge thriller awkwardly throughout the entire movie.
WHY IS THIS MOVIE 2 AND A HALF HOURS LONG.
I also disliked the lighting in this movie. Everything seemed really well lit, which can be fine but just tonally feels out of place.
Giving this two stars for Choi Min-Sik, the last scene of the movie and the fact that this is very competently shot.