Still a mind-blowing movie.
Felt the need to revisit it.
And this time it loses some points.
from 10/10 to 8.5/10
The last act breaks the trend, throwing out the established psychological outline that SHOULD'VE escalated,
only it didn't.
It reverts to a simple and annoying twist of events in the last act without really pushing the envelope where it should've.
For anyone who's seen it...
SPOILER ALERT IN THE EXTREME:
When Kim Soo-Hyeon started stalking Kyung Chul, and it was a reversal of the hunter and the hunted, it was frighteningly good.
Not because I wanted Chul to get punished like that, which I did, but because you had to question Kim's actions.
It put his character into questionable territory. Possibly making him as much of a villain as Chul.
However, when he gets to the cannibals' house, things get shoved in our face. We're TOLD outright about this reversal as if leaving for us to discover it wasn't okay. Not only this, but the tables are turned again immediately after that whole sequence.
And the switch back to Chul having the upper hand is a poor move.
It feels cliched.
And it immediately takes the emphasis off the progression that Kim was making into 'the dark side'.
It quickly shows us the severe ramifications of his actions, like slapping him on the hand, showing what he did was bad,
but it would've been more powerful and thought provoking if the movie did NOT make those conclusions for us.
If the tables were never turned at the cannibals' it would have escalated with Kim hunting and hurting Chul, to such a point where you really REALLY had to question who the bad guy is. Which is not even a question once you go back to the beginning and remind yourself what Chul did/does. But if the movie was structured right, it would have blurred all the lines you'd taken for granted by the end.
END OF MASSIVE SPOILERS!
So which it never loses its edge, and the tension NEVER lets up, I do not personally like the last act.
It disappointed in a big way. However it is an acceptable conclusion to the story, just not the most thought provoking one.
It rides out the last act on emotion front rather than a psychological aspect. And no, the final 10 minutes did not make up for that.
Still an amazing movie thats absolutely worth seeing. Just not perfect in my book.