I Saw the Devil

Director: Kim Jee-Woon
Year Released: 2010
Rating: 1.5

A madman (Choi Min-Sik) likes to slice and dice and stabby-stab the innocent because, well, he's actually insane, so when he takes out a special agent's fiancé (and their unborn child), it makes the special agent equally batty to the point where he makes it his life's mission to physically assault and then 'free' the serial killer (in a warped version of catch-and-release). This endless torture is both inane and exhausting at two-and-a-half hours, and while I'd like to give it the benefit of the doubt and claim it's making a statement about capital punishment (a quick death) or maybe even the futility of revenge, I doubt director Kim thought that far ahead, instead dwelling on exactly how far the blood should splurt from someone's neck. The graphic violence is admittedly jarring at points, and Choi's crazed performance is showy but impressive, but there isn't much else there.