A couple of nights ago my girlfriend brought around a copied dvd her Mum had bought, we don't usually watch copied films as I'm against film piracy but the title intrigued her as she's a horror fan. I hadn't heard of the film before so I had a quick look around the internet and found mostly positive reviews so we decided to put it on. I've watched a few badly dubbed films but this one took the biscuit, truly ridiculous. Ninety-nine percent of the time bad sound or dubbing in a film means it gets turned off in my house but I could see there was something different with this film. The intro was shot so beautifully and pretty much every scene was lit so interestingly thereafter, I could put up with the bad dubbing easily. The basic storyline of the film goes as such, a demented serial killer murders the wrong guy's wife. The widowed husband' a 'secret agent' captures and tortures the serial killer only to release him and do it all over again and again, until the supposed hero starts to become a monster himself. The narrative is ok but at times it seems to be simply used as a device to get from one brutal torture scene to the next. Some of the scenes are brutal in content which is generally not what I go for but the beautiful and often creative cinematography made this film stand out to me.
Screen shots from the intro
My favourite shot in the film
Overall I enjoyed I Saw The Devil and I would recommend it to all but the faint hearted, without doubt the best 'torture' movie I have seen. (Just a shame about the bad dubbing)
If you've seen this film let me know what you think.