I would watch another movie to review, but I have already watch three today, and I'm ready to move onto something else for the rest of the night. In order to make it to ten posts, I guess I could have cheated and thrown in a trailer, but I watched Memories Of Murder (2003). This turned out to be more of a crime drama, but it is about efforts to catch a serial killer, so there is at least a touch of horror there. I didn't know, until it started to play, that this film runs slightly over the two hour mark. It was made longer for me though. This was the other film that will be taken off Netflix's instant play sometime tomorrow. It was running fine for almost half an hour, when it decided that my internet connection had slowed, not once but three times. It actually did this four times in all, which was very annoying. I had to wait for it to buffer more of the film, so it wouldn't be interrupted. Because of this, it actually "ran" for two and a half hours.
Memories Of Murder is a South Korean film, that is based on true events of their first classified serial killer. Hopefully I am getting the names right for this. The film starts with Detective Park Doo-Man (Kang-ho Song) on the scene of a murder. We are told that this first murder takes place in 1986. Park does his best to preserve the crime scene, but it doesn't work out too well for him. We soon meet his side kick, Detective Cho Yong-koo (Roe-ha Kim), who literally does kick people when he doesn't get the answers he wants. Soon there is a second murder, and they get a new partner to work with. Detective Seo Tae-Yoon (Sang-kyung Kim) is a detective from Seoul, who has agreed to help with the investigation. Seo quickly starts to put things together that everyone else seems to have missed. The two women were killed on nights that it rained, and they were both wearing red. He also believes that a third woman, who was reported missing, might also be dead. She went missing on a night that it rained, and she was wearing red. As more women start to turn up dead, will they be able to find the person doing it?
Memories Of Murder is an interesting film if you like to follow clues. I don't know how close to the actual murders this film ended up being, but it is an interesting film. According to those that actually live in South Korea, the film is also about the times that the film takes place in. The names of the detectives are close to the leaders of that time period, so it is a take on them, as well as the murders. Since I don't know how close to the murders it actually is, I can only go by the film itself. I did do a quick search for the actual murders, but found very little about them. I mostly got hits talking about the film, and not the real murders. Park and Cho seem to think that if they beat a suspect long enough, they will get the person to confess to the murders. Maybe they honestly believe they have the right guy, but it seemed somewhat obvious to me that they didn't. Not that I am a great detective, but it was just too early in the film! They have a CSI type team, but it seemed like that team was in its early stages. So I'm not sure they were really much help to the police. It was also interesting to see how Park and Seo seem to change places as the film goes on. Seo is the thinker of the group. But he does stand by as suspects get beat up, as does their chief for that matter. It is interesting how the roles seem to switch.
We do see some dead bodies along the way, but nothing that is all that graphic. The acting was very well done. The film is subtitled, and I was a little disappointed with them at times. One of the things that was nice about it was the fact the subtitles didn't go by quickly. Even if there was a lot to read, it just fell a little behind is all. I really liked this, since in some films the subtitle will disappear before I get a chance to read it all. The downside of it was that every now and then, there was a word I did not recognize. I don't know if it ended up being a Korean word, or just a word I didn't know, which is completely possible.
I wasn't really sure what to expect out of this film when I started to watch it. I knew what it was about, and that is why I ended up adding it to the instant watch queue. I just didn't know if it would be a really gory film or not. Since it follows the police that are trying to stop this killer, it isn't a gory film. That is alright though. The killings themselves aren't gory, so it is nice that they stuck to that. Memories Of Murder not only tells us about the first serial killer, but it also shows a glimpse of life for people who live in South Korea. They show drills that people had to go through in case there are attacks by the north. A siren goes off, and everyone has to turn off all lights. This is being watched and timed. At a school, they practice what to do if there is a gas attack. These drills include where to go, how to use emergency chutes, and even how to carry the wounded to safe areas. It was a very interesting glimpse into life in general there. That being said, I didn't like how long the film ended up being. Two hours is a long time to sit through a film. Anything past that just makes it all the worse to me. It wasn't that Memories Of Murder was a boring film, far from it. But it does drag just a little in places. I'm not sure what they could have cut from it though. The ending leaves much to be desired, but in truth, they couldn't have ended it another way if they wanted to stay true to the actual murders. It is an interesting film, and one I do suggest checking out. If it had been a tad shorter, I may have given it a little higher rating.
3 out of 5 Putting my detective hat away for the night
5 days ago