Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) Review

Chanwook Park’s first entry into the notorious vengeance trilogy, full of kidnappings, torture, and baseball bats, is as bleak and violent as you’d imagine it to be. It’s a somewhat relentless picture, and when it comes to sadism, it doesn’t seem to hold back. Park exposes a harsh look on what it is right and what is wrong, and leaves it for the audience to decide. Despite the second half fizzling under its gratifying violence, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is yet an arresting, if not pandering, experience from one of South Korea’s best.

7.3/10

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