I thought that I knew what I was getting into when I started I Saw the Devil but boy howdy was I wrong. Seeing the opening in among the entries in Shudder’s 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments made me even more interested than I was previously. This is also my first foray into Korean revenge cinema, and I don’t know how soon I’ll be diving back into the genre.
Kim Jee-woon and Park Hoon-jung worked together to make an incredibly violent and incredibly powerful movie. There’s no way to properly describe the journey that happens throughout I Saw the Devil, but I will say that its bookended with intense violence and intense sadness. That being said Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-sik anchor the movie with powerful performances. The journey that the two of them take the viewer on will move you and keep you moving because of level of violence throughout.
The violence is sold because of the effects used for it. The suddenness and intensity of the violence only works so well because the effects. Both those that happen during the violence and the aftermath of it. The music by Mowg is amazing. It amps up the tension and every other emotion that is even slightly shown throughout the movie.
I Saw the Devil is a fantastic movie that will leave the viewer as changed as the central character that they’ll need to take a breather after the credits end. I put the movie on after misreading the runtime and was too enthralled by the story to choose anything else. You can stream the movie on Hulu. I give I Saw the Devil 9.5 GPS trackers out of 10.