|Tags: Asian Horror, Chan-young Lee, couple, Joong-Hoon Park, Ju-hyuk Kim, korean, road trip, Sang Mi Chu, say yes, south korea, Sung-Hong Kim, thriller, vacation|
Cast:Joong-Hoon Park, Sang Mi Chu, Ju-hyuk Kim, Chan-young Lee
I did a little research on this Korean thriller before checking this out and most of what I read was positive, so I had high hopes for this movie. After viewing it I was quite pleased with the end-result. This movie can compared to the 80s movie The Hitcher, because of the similar theme, but, although the movie came close to being as good as Hitcher was, it just didn't have enough to make it better. The film starts off pretty interesting with a couple going on a weekend trip. Everything seems fine until they make a stop to get something to eat. Upon leaving they hit a stranger walking behind the car. He requests a ride and having just hit the guy, the couple reluctantly accepted.
From the start you can tell this stranger is trouble. Later on in the car he jokes around with the couple about death, which puts them a little on edge. They drop him off, but before the stranger leaves he makes a comment about how he never makes jokes. Anyway, through the rest of the movie we get obvious hints that the stranger is following the couple. A rock is thrown at their hotel window while they make love. They are almost chased off the road by a phantom car. Eventually the boyfriend confronts the stranger at a public street and beats the crap out of him. Definitely not the smartest move, because the stranger ends up calling the cops.
To make things short, the stranger harasses the couple through the rest of the movie and later on they are forced to make a deal where the couple has to spend the rest of their weekend with the stranger. That and the title are explained in the movie. There was a wicked torture scene in this movie that I found rather amusing, but it might be hard to watch for the squeamish. I thought the couple was really stupid in certain scenes because they basically fell into the stranger's trap from the start, where things could have been resolved easier. The movie had a lot of cool scenes, but not enough action. I thought it would have a bit more. I would have given the movie a higher-rating, but I expected more and found the ending, while it is pretty cool, rather predictable. Talk about a lot of blood.
Pretty cool Korean thriller in the vein of The Hitcher. I say if you enjoyed the 80s Hitcher movie that you'll enjoy this.
|Posted on August 17, 2009 - 5:19pm | FrighT MasteR|