South Korea birthed probably the best revenge thriller to exist, I Saw the Devil. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. I speak honestly when I say that not many films can cover the skills exuding out of this one. It is about a sadistic serial killer, Kyung-chul, who preys on defenseless victims and kills them cold-blooded. The time comes when he brutally murders the pregnant fiance of elite special agent, Soo-hyun. Desperate and in mourning, Soo-hyun will do the unthinkable to track the killer down. When he does, it is only the beginning of what’s to come.
It’s a twisted game of cat and mouse, and the film is really focused on this nasty gloomy tone, and it’s perfection. I especially admired the way it was filmed. The ruthless attitudes pull you into the movie, and the series of events following the first capture are sick. I guess you could categorize this film under, “semi-gory with a twist,” so if you’re looking for that one film with screaming intensity and a smart plot, you can rest your search. It’s a great movie, and it’s streaming on Netflix. Watch the full trailer below.
Recently, it was announced that I Saw the Devil is getting the chance to be remade into an English-language flick. Now, as interesting as that may sound for American viewers, a lover of the subtitled version will tell you that they don’t know how to feel about this. An ocean of skepticism rises, because you like to see the original piece of work live up to its standard and remain untouched. Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna are the two producers looking to summon a remake of a Korean thriller as vicious as they can get. We’ll see how it plays out. In the end, I Saw the Devil is a film of revenge, redemption, and the monsters we let come out of ourselves.