Besides being well known for their martial arts epics, the Asian film market has a great track record for delivering some great thrillers and crime dramas. The latest, Confession of Murder comes from South Korea, but thanks to WellGo USA fans here in the US are getting to get their hands on it, but is it one that lives up to the reputation of the industry or will it be one that should have been a confession left untold?
Confession of Murder follows a serial killer who comes out of hiding after the statute of limitation expires on the murders he has committed and publishes an autobiography describing all his murders in great detail. The detective who investigated the murders 15 years ago starts the chase once again while a woman, who lost her daughter to him, pledges vengeance. Meanwhile, another killer appears, casting doubt to whether he is the real serial killer. From the opening sequence you know this film has something to offer. There is a pretty great foot chase setting up the back story and torment between the two characters that although is only one sequence lets you know that this has been a chase that has been going on for a long time. From there it takes an expected jump to where the cop is at now, but throws a curve ball in the genre with the direction of the killers return. From the moment he returns you instantly know something is up and the filmmaker does an excellent job of letting you know there is more happening without giving you really any hints to what it is. This cleverly crafted film continues to build with a couple of aspects of the story running at the same time creating some great tension and keeps so many things moving ahead without over cluttering the bigger picture.
When things finally start to unfold they add even more layers that takes everything you may have thought you knew into a new direction. This is far from an action film, but does feature a few good sequences that work to intensify the effect of everything building up. The true greatness to the film is the story and exchange between the lead characters. Their performances are great and you can feel the tension as well as the varying mentalities of them both while never really knowing what they are thinking. This is an excellent cat and mouse thriller that features some great twists and dialogue moments that is sure to please.
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