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"Left For Dead" has a dreamlike, hauntingly chilling atmosphere from the beginning to the end. There is not too much landscape, there are not too much environmental elements, but the atmosphere is so strong, so hypnotizing that I found myself re-watching "Left for Dead" again and again. "Left for Dead" is a Gothic western about the moments that decide the fates of human beings. I emphasize on "human beings" because the characters here are not only likable but believable. Victoria Maurette makes me the biggest impression, adding layers of depth to her character without even uttering a word, just her facial expressions, the way she moves, the confidence with which she acts is simply brilliant. It is incredible how Pyun achieves to create such memorable scenes. There is in "Left for Dead" one of the best uses of slow-motion (and no-motion) I have ever seen. Slow-motion that captures the darkest, saddest moment, the one thing no one would expect to happen in a western. There is something haunting and sad all over the movie. It has a very intense emotional effect on the viewer. "Left for dead" is a uniquely dark voyage into the brutal reality of human nature. Watching it has been one of the most powerful experiences I've had for a long time. The darkest and most brutal sides of human nature are here present all the time and the things get almost surreal at times. The ending of the film is so harrowingly real it becomes almost unbearable in its sadness and both mental and physical violence. The theme of violence and vengeance remember me the best spaghetti westerns, specially Corbucci's. Only a master like Pyun could break all the conventions and rules of the genre, because this film just wants to be and is so much more. The imagery is stunning for such a tiny budget. So haunting --it becomes almost a surreal element and a very creepy one. The cinematography blows with some great compositions and different angles plus some extreme close ups to make each scene look as powerful as their potential. I Think that "Left for Dead" is one of Pyun's greatest achievements. I'm sure that it will remain. The cinematic magic could not be any more fantastic. This is a 'piece of honest, raw, beautiful, mighty cinema. What we have here, is nothing less than the ultimate essence of the Gothic Western: irony, cruelty, tenderness, beauty, violence, powerful characters... and chaos. Throughout the movie is laced with the anguish of haunted souls. "Left for Dead" comes across as a powerful and beautifully constructed Greek tragedy with a cynical and almost psychological edge bound to it. Pyun's stylishly first-rate direction keeps the film sombre with a brutally inspiring tone in its dramatic images and context. The wonderful use of lighting and composition keep the viewer's attention. The inventive framing also shows the quality and uniqueness of his direction. Even the flashback sequences are positioned in the story accordingly and in a fulfilling style. The story is full of symbolic and uncanny issues. What more can I say ? "Left for dead" is an unmissable, magnificently macabre opera of death.
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