Even though some bits of DEVIL are very tough to watch, I was unable to look away form the screen, captivated by the operatic verses of violence and stark imagery being thrown at me. Director, Jee-woon Kim's use of colors and long, steady-cam shots were just breathtaking. I was particularly stimulated by a tight set of action that occurred inside a moving taxi. I won't give anything away, but the acting, coupled with the practical effects and unflinching camerawork is something to behold.
What also astounds is the interesting new twist on the grindhouse-esque revenge thriller that DEVIL exudes. I honestly had no idea where one scene would lead to the next, but was quite satisfied each time. There was one scene early on that could totally have been the finale of any other regular revenge thriller. Yet, here we are, getting it at the most unexpected of spots in the flick.Even though the entire plot didn't seem to connect 100% in terms of people ending up at certain locations, it didn't hurt things too much. And the fact that the story pulls absolutely no punches in terms of all-out brutality and realism only adds to the awesomeness.
And speaking of awesome, that would have to be the only way to describe the performances by the two leads, Byung-hun Lee and Min-sik Choi. These guys become mesmerizingly lost in their roles and play off each other with a sick charm that's hard to look away from. It is frightening how well Choi pulls off a deranged predator. He rocked in OLD BOY and he rocks even harder here — so damn believable! The same goes for Lee who balances a tight line between hero and villain as the grieving special agent. His solemn facial expressions that then contrastingly clash with his dynamic feats of action work together beautifully. He easily holds his own up against the more seasoned Choi. Without their ridiculous chemistry, there's no way a flick as wild as this could work.
Audio Korean dolby digital with English and Spanish subtitles.
A nicely interesting Behind the Scenes featurette.