When 13-year-old So-Jin disappears, her elder sister Hee-Jin returns to the apartment of their religious-maniac mother. Tae-Hwan, a cop, who reluctantly has to take the case seriously is confronted with more and more suicides that are difficult to explain rationally. And why does the skeptical Hee-Jin, who keeps having gruesome encounters with suicides, have to keep coughing?Written by
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Early working title for the film was "Bi Myeong" (Scream). See more »
Oh my, it was so very, very boring...
Oh dear lord, where to start with this train wreck of a movie?
Well, the reason for me sitting down to watch this 2009 horror movie by directors Yong-Joo Lee and Lee Yong-ju was the fact that it was a horror movie and it was South Korean. Two ingredients when combined usually make for a very great concoction.
"Possessed" (aka "Bulshinjiok") wasn't great. Let me just tell you that flat out. The storyline was a befuddled mess and seemed mostly incoherent at times, and when the movie ended you are left with a massive gaping hole and so many unanswered questions and thinking to yourself "did I just waste that much of my life on watching that?"
The storyline in "Possessed" definitely suffered from having two directors, because it felt like they were working against one another and weren't collaborating. The movie wanted to tell so many different things with different story arcs and subplots, but nothing came to fruition at the end of the movie, and that felt like a massive slap in the face with a cold, dead fish.
It should be said, however, that the acting in the movie was good, despite the actors and actresses had so very little to work with in terms of a proper script and storyline. But there was only so much they could do to try to salvage the train wreck that is "Possessed". And they failed.
There was nothing scary about this movie. Nothing. Zilch. Squat. Nada. And that was very anti-climatic, because I was expecting a lot more, so very much more from the movie, so I was disappointed to the point where I was speechless.
This was a swing and a massive miss in the South Korean cinema. I managed to endure it to the end, but let me tell you it was a struggle to sit through the movie to the very end. I did endure, so take heed and stay well clear of this snoozefest of a movie...
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