Film #98: THE CHASER
4 out of 5 stars
Based on a true story, this Korean thriller is up there on par with such films as SE7EN and COPYCAT. The script is top notch, the acting spot-on, the direction superb. I hesitate to go too deeply into the plot so as not to ruin anything for anyone, but it’ll all have you on the edge of your seat. One drawback though… The Rule of Law in Korea is decidedly different than it is in The West, so some viewers may be frustrated by the amount of “red tape” the cops have to go through and alternately they may be incredulous at how much the cops can beat their suspects, but… hang in there because the ending makes it all worthwhile. Action-wise… There are some brutal killings shown and the director really doesn’t skimp on the red stuff. This is easily one of the best crime thrillers I’ve seen as of late. Excellent stuff!