Title: Desire to Kill

Also known as:
Joogigo Sipeun (Original title)
Enemy at the Dead End (Alternative title)

Year: 2010

Genre: Thriller / Revenge / Comedy

Language: Korean

Runtime: 92 min

Director: Owen Cho & Kim Sang-Hwa

Writer: Owen Cho & Kim Sang-Hwa

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1798181/

Plot:
Two patients wake up in a hospital room. One with post-traumatic stress disorder and the other with amnesia. The post-traumatic stress disorder patient realizes who the person next to him is: the person who killed his wife.

Our thoughts:
Whether or not "Oldboy" serves as a influence on "Desire to Kill" I have decided to ignore, but it's a fact that people will bring up that title when reviewing this. Probably since they are both dark revenge mysteries from Korea, but I can't say they are all too similar expect both being twist-y. This one I feel is a lot more easier to watch, and intentionally so because it packs a great load of dark comedy. And it actually has some laugh-out-loud moments here and there. Which came as a surprise to me, but made me appreciate it more.

The story is quite ironic and is comedic in its own right. After attempting suicide over and over again, Min-ho wakes up in a hospital next to another patient. The other patient is Sang-up, a man with a head injury and amnesia. Both are very weak and can't really do much else than lay in their hospital beds. When Min-ho sees who the other person is, he's quite shocked. Sang-up killed his pregnant wife, and is the reason for all of those suicide attempts. But Sang-up can't remember who he is, let alone what he did recently. And is it possible that he is a changed man? Min-ho takes no chances, and wants to put him to rest before he can remember anything, and get out of the hospital. But Sang-up is recovering faster than expected, and can soon move, so Min-ho has to act fast.

There are plenty of twists along the way, and equally as many jokes. Jokes such as both being semi-paralyzed trying to get the knife that is laying between them on a table. Not to mention the acting of Yoo Hae-jin which is quite extreme (intentionally). The twist slowly creep in on the story. It starts pretty straight forward: it's a revenge. But as both of the men are recovering, we find out more about the past, and it keeps us as an active audience through-out. Because the movie is as ironic and sometimes funny as it is, the twists are easy to accept. You don't care that it might not be a unique ending (you should have it figured out around midway), but quite enjoy it because it's so absurd. The movie saves a lot of the violence for the end when the two are finally able to fight, and I can't help but love how exaggerated the fight is.

I'm keeping this rather short because you shouldn't dig too deep - it's a fun take on the revenge theme, keeping rivals paralyzed in the same room. And one of them can't remember a thing! The movie is probably darker and serious than it seems like in this review, but that's because I underlined the comedy especially since it helped me enjoy the movie more. It probably has more seriousness in it, but I cherished the dark comedy. Overall it's a pretty entertaining flick!


Positive things:
- Fun mystery, with plenty of darker moments.
- The ending was highly entertaining!
- Good acting, especially from Ho-jin Cheon.
Negative things:
- Quite easy to predict the finale.
- If comparing to other Asian revenge flicks, it's not that great.

Rating:
Gore: 2.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 2/5

We got this movie from:
ThirdWindowFilms.com

It can be bought from:
Play.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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