The performances of Choi Min-sik, Kang Hye-jeong, and Yu Ji-tae were amazing, but the film rested on Choi Min-sik's hands. His performance at the end was so heartbreaking, and after seeing everything else that went on before his final scene with Yu Ji-tae, it was very hard to watch. The man was built for this role; the craziness of his actions from his octopus eating scene to beating the hell out of everybody, he gave a fantastic performance. Yu Ji-tae's character was sick and evil, and he gave a complimentary performance in his final scenes. Kim Byeong-ok was also a memorable character, even if he was mainly standing around being Yu Ji-tae's henchman.
There was some fine filmmaking going on here. The corridor fight scene that was done in one take was amazing. The reveal of what Oh Dae-su was supposed to figure out was done well, as well as the plot twist to this thriller. With everything that went on in this film, I think this is one of those films that I can only watch once. I didn't expect this film to be that disturbing, and yet it was clever.
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