24 October 2007

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Today's lesson in cinema- getting revenge is going to fuck you up. You'd like to think that it's over once you've gotten your revenge, but it isn't.

Especially in this film, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. It's a series of unfortunate events that lead to a series of vengeful acts. Ryu is deaf, and in an attempt to help his sister who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant he sells his kidney on the black market (his is not a match for hers) with the understanding that they will trade him for a kidney for his sister. Which, of course as black market deals always seem to go, doesn't work. They take off with his kidney and his money. Now a legit kidney on the non black market- the legal kidney market i guess you could say, is available but all his money is gone. His girlfriend has the great idea to kidnap his bosses kid for ransom money. And then it pretty much just goes down hill from there. Ryu wants revenge on the peeps who stole his kidney, the boss wants revenge on Ryu and his girlfriend, and so it goes.

One of the first things you will notice about this film is how pretty it is- nice cinematography. Every shot in the film is more like a painting on a canvas than a film on a screen- and a lot of scenes are shot wide, where in many films you would see a scene between two people turn to close ups, there are many moments in this film where the shot just stays wide. And some of the camera angles are fascinating as well. Take for example the scene where some detectives are investigation a crime scene; it's only about a 10 second shot or so, but it's from the perspective of under the stairwell.

Now keep in mind, this is a film about revenge, so there are some pretty gruesome goings ons as far as the vengeance goes. It's just not enough to kill someone when you are getting revenge, you have to really make it painful for them, slicing Achilles tendons, electrocution, a stab to the jugular.

So, back to the lessons part- don't sell your kidney on the black market, don't kidnap your bosses kid, and don't piss off a terrorist group- all bad ideas. Watching this film though- good idea.

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