San-ha Oh as Joo-yeon in "I Saw The Devil". Courtesy of Magnet Releasing
I Saw The Devil
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Kim Jee-woon
Korean filmmaker, Kim Jee-woon, brings Sundance audiences a gruesome psychological thriller that spares no gut-wrenching graphic detail with "I Saw The Devil". After a psychopath rapes and murders the pregnant fiancée of secret-service agent Soo-hyun, the psychopath becomes the unsuspected prey of the grief-stricken man. Soo-hyun’s mission is to hunt the man down who murdered his wife-to-be and make him suffer. Soo-hyun feels that murdering the man or turning him over to the authorities wouldn’t be a harsh enough and instead decided to enact his own form of revenge—teasing and torturing the killer and ultimately making him feel like a victim. "I Saw The Devil" has plenty of scenes to make you squirm—a child finding a dismembered ear in a field, severed heads, an Achilles tendon being sliced in half and even cannibalism. The gratuitous violence is broken up with numerous one-liners (translated from Korean) to make the audience laugh and lighten the mood. I Saw the Devil stands with some of the best in the genre. It’s a film to watch for the “seriously fucked up” factor and one that would probably do well with audiences at Brewvies Cinema Pub.