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Oli’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I reckon I've thought about this film every day since I watched it over a month ago.
It's an extremely polarising film that I’ve seen a lot of love and an equal amount of dislike for too. Although it is a slow burner (pun intended) the pay off at the end is spectacularly worth it.
The story is ambiguous and drenched in metaphor. It is a little tedious when it comes to pacing but there are no boring scenes due to the captivating acting paired with enchanting cinematography.
It isn’t a movie that gives you all the answers which is why I believe some viewers won’t warm to this. The finale is ultimately left for you to make your own mind up, and maybe go and read some fan theories too.
Everything points towards Ben being a serial killer, but this could be seeing the picture through the central character Jong-su’s eyes, adding 2 and 2 together and coming up with 5.
Every single moment in this movie is important. Don’t switch off and try not to get distracted, even when it does get slow. Every scene allows you to piece together more and more of the puzzle.
Don’t take everything at face value otherwise you’ll be left disappointed. It does make the viewer work and think, so if that’s not something you want, I’d avoid this.
I’m not usually one for enjoying movies that leave you with more questions than answers, but I really enjoyed this and it is a movie I would watch again, as I feel everything couldn’t be absorbed in just one watch.