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The story in this film is deep and powerful. It uses drama and some light humor to create an emotional experience. We witness the lives of the correctional officers, some that are conducting their first executions, and how they change throughout the experience, including the chilling executions and haunting aftermath. It really focuses on the relationships between characters, from loneliness to hardships in a relationship to officer-prisoner friendship, as well as addressing the issues that surround executions; on that note, I didn't feel like the film ever preached because it leaves you thinking about the issues instead of simply agreeing or disagreeing. This film doesn't follow the Hollywood "happily-ever-after" formula and I love that; the ending just leaves you in awe. The acting is superb, and the music is excellent.
Overall, The Executioner is an excellent and thorough drama with amazing performances, a balanced story, and a chilling ending; another gem from South Korea. As of 3/16/13, this film is available on Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix Streaming, a purchase is highly recommended.
The Executioner has some strong violence and blood, some nudity and sex.
The main weakness I see in the film is a lack of subtlety. That may sound absurd when talking about capital punishment. But the film "hits you over the head" with all the objectionable aspects of capital punishment. There is a good deal of over dramatization in the hanging of the serial killer among other scenes. Sometimes less is more in making a serious point.
That being said this is still a strong film, generally well acted by the lead characters. Unfortunately there was no sound in my streaming instant video but in some ways that wasn't such a bad way to watch this particular film. And I was thankful for the subtitles.
The background of the situation isn't as well presented in the movie as it is by a reviewer, but if one allows oneself the experience of accepting the cultural norm of the film, it is a very powerful exploration of the moral, psychological and ethical ambiguities involved in the experience of the State killing of prisoners.
The effect on all involved is the focus of the film and the scene of Officer Kim carrying out his duties while he accompanies his inmate friend, "shrimp eyes" to death, is as powerful emotionally, and as deeply affecting, as any scene you are likely to see on film.
For my taste, any film that makes you think and moves your imagination and emotions to a good extent, is A-OK as they say.
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lame lame lame. pathetic plot of prison guards who are a grown up men who can't do their jobs; guards who have sympathies for serial killers. movie is very boring with no plot. Read morePublished 12 months ago by jason