Memories of Murder
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Each positive comment that precedes this is accurate. I watched this movie yesterday. I couldn't take my eyes off it. Everything taking place onscreen was riveting, from the simple act of walking down a dark lonely road in the rain, to a wild chase by three desperate detectives. This movie held me in thrall.
As a new viewer of Asian movies, I try to analyze the reason I tend not to be interested in western works any longer. I finally came to the conclusion that it has to do with the accessibility of the players. They seem to be people first, actors by choice, and stars, by the public making them so.
In Memories of Murder, I saw this human factor almost too painfully. By the end of the story, I was in tears. Even now, the mood prevails. It's been so long since these crimes took place, and I don't know absolutely that they remain unsolved, but I think it's the case, and I think about that.
The actors have become the people in my mind, and the horrible sense of defeat that becomes palpable eventually, is heartbreaking. When one relates to the inroads made on the health; mental and physical; of the detectives, who are ultimately portrayed as tireless and completely dedicated to the case, you realize that you've watched something that is historic. You have seen the probable truth.
The way this movie draws you into it, so that you are walking through dangerous rain, with a warning shout in your throat, points to the brilliance of the director and the players.
It is difficult to say, "I love this movie", just as it is hard to say, I love Silence of the Lambs, because love is a peculiar word to use for such fare.Read more ›
A few hours ago I was in the grip of insomnia and was playing around with Comcast On Demand to see if there was anything worth seeing that I hadn't seen already when I noticed a section under Free Movies called "Palm Pictures," a section I hadn't explored before. I clicked on "Palm Pictures," then on "Palm Festival," saw "Memories of Murder" listed, read the brief synopsis, and figured, what the heck, there's no better time to watch a Korean film than 2 a.m., so I went for it, figuring it wouldn't be a tragedy if I wound up dozing off ...
Not a chance! I was wide-eyed with my mouth open from beginning to end. Never even made it to the fridge. Forgot all about eating, drinking, or even breathing at times, and sleep was definitely not an option. Once the end credits rolled, I was hurtling toward my computer with one question in my mind: "Who is this astounding dude Joon-ho Bong, and where oh where can I buy a DVD of this movie?"
Well ...Read more ›
At times, it's early pacing can feel slow, much slower than an average crime drama. Bong allows us into the world by taking a decent amount of time to familiarize us with the environment: a boring, quiet country beauty that he paints for us long, deliberate shots presented very early in the movie. The soundtrack, a quiet but moving score, adds to an environment and a feel that is very real, very universal. But as soon as the action starts picking up, the movie ramps into a full-on thriller, as it becomes a race against time and feels very much like some of the best crime drama/thrillers I've seen. At the same time, there is something intangible, something very (for lack of better words) sad and melancholic that permeates through many parts of the movie. Dilapidated factories, protesters, corruption, periods of senseless violence suggest a deeper meaning within the movie, a desperation and hopelessness of that time in Korea.
But thankfully, Bong keeps this underlying part of the movie simple without becoming unnecessarily preachy. Although it is important to contextualize this film within a certain era of governmental corruption and crime in Korea, it certainly does not require an extensive knowledge of the turbulent time period in Korea. Personally, I did not find it's overall sentiments propagandizing or overwhelming, rather they were quietly presented.
I could go on about more specific parts of the plot, but it is a movie which I do not want to spoil. Simply put, it has all the elements of a great movie. Highly recommended!
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