I Saw the Devil

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  • Summary: On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Ju-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Dae-hoon. Obsessed with revenge, Dae-hoon decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when heOn a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Ju-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Dae-hoon. Obsessed with revenge, Dae-hoon decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind. (Magnet Releasing) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Apr 14, 2011
    88
    Director Kim Jee-woon's astonishing story of a serial killer who picks the wrong man's fiancée to murder, is so extreme and intense that it had to be trimmed down in its native country before it was released to theaters. We lucky westerners get to see it in all its hair-raising, stomach-churning glory, and that's a wonderful thing.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 3, 2011
    83
    Eventually, Soo-hyun's relentless pursuit-and-release approach outlives the director's skill and the premise starts to feel redundant.
  3. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Mar 17, 2011
    83
    If you've got the stomach for it, it's a treat.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 4, 2011
    70
    A droll Nietzschean fable that's fully aware of its lapses into absurdity.
  5. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mar 24, 2011
    67
    Although the sequences grow somewhat repetitive in spite of their vicious escalation, and some of the details challenge believability, I Saw the Devil is a spectacle of substantial merit.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 16, 2011
    63
    A thriller that makes you wish you knew how to scream "O.M.G." in Korean.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Kerr
    Mar 1, 2011
    40
    On any number of levels, "Devil" is troublesome at best, offensive at worst.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Apr 21, 2011
    10
    First off, a lot of people reviewing are missing the point to this film. They write a lot of things about the violence and obscure scenes andFirst off, a lot of people reviewing are missing the point to this film. They write a lot of things about the violence and obscure scenes and they totally miss the point of the movie. You cant summarize this movie with what you see, it needs to take a count for what it makes you feel.

    Yes the movie is very violent, very bloody. It will make you cover your eyes of obscenity. Those scenes set up the movie to the emotions you the viewer needs to be in to understand the point of the movie. I think the writer wants to make your mind go to dark places, very dark places. It want's you to scream "REVENGE" and "MAKE HIM SUFFER" and the beauty of the movie is that it does this, perfectly. When the movie comes closer to a conclusion the main point of the movie is revealing it self. You can't get revenge, all you have done to try to get revenge has made you loose even more. All the suffering you inflicted to the villain wont make him regret what he did or ever fear what you will do to him. "You lost already" is the line that says it all.

    The movie is a breath of fresh air, one of the best movies i have ever seen. It takes you through a journey to dark places and at the end makes you regret all the dark thoughts the movie made you think.
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  2. Oct 17, 2011
    10
    I Saw The Devil is a nonstop violent, unpredictable, and enjoyable revenge film that has enough action to keep you on your seat. Surprisingly,I Saw The Devil is a nonstop violent, unpredictable, and enjoyable revenge film that has enough action to keep you on your seat. Surprisingly, it also teaches the audience a lesson and the performance from these actors are very believable. Expand
  3. Feb 12, 2012
    10
    Great film..love the characters, the story line, and the mood it sets pulls you in. These genre of horror movies are much different than theGreat film..love the characters, the story line, and the mood it sets pulls you in. These genre of horror movies are much different than the US type. Collapse
  4. May 15, 2011
    9
    A graphic, violent thriller which is fantastically shot and wonderfully enthralling. Revenge film with that wonderful grittiness that southA graphic, violent thriller which is fantastically shot and wonderfully enthralling. Revenge film with that wonderful grittiness that south Korea does so well. Enough twists to keep you guessing and a satisfying ending which can be a tricky task when working with subject matters like this. Expand
  5. Dec 25, 2011
    9
    I am VERY stunned that the metacritic score is 6.7. This movie is simply stunning but not for the faint-hearted. It is beautifully shot withI am VERY stunned that the metacritic score is 6.7. This movie is simply stunning but not for the faint-hearted. It is beautifully shot with the best example being the camera work in the taxi cab scene; it is absolutely incredible. If Man On FIre and Saw had a baby it would be I Saw The Devil, speaking in american terms. If you want one of the best revenge movies I have ever seen in my life then see this amazing movie. Expand
  6. Aug 22, 2011
    8
    This revenge thriller film does what any film should, which is entertain. The central theme, that of a man becoming as much of a monster asThis revenge thriller film does what any film should, which is entertain. The central theme, that of a man becoming as much of a monster as the man he is chasing, carries the film well from beginning to end. The acting is great, the filming is top notch and the action scenes are well put together. I only gave it an 8 because there's a couple of things that don't make sense, but on the whole - awesome movie. Expand
  7. Apr 27, 2011
    1
    pointless and sadistic with 2 dimensional characters. if you enjoyed this movie, you're probably into torturing animals and arson. seekpointless and sadistic with 2 dimensional characters. if you enjoyed this movie, you're probably into torturing animals and arson. seek psychiatric counseling. Expand

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