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Blind

South Korea 2011
produced by
MoonWatcher
directed by Ahn Sang-boon
starring Kim Ha-neul, Yoo Seung-ho, Jo Hie-bong, Yang Yeong-jo, Kim Mi-Kyeong, Park Choong-seon, Park Bo-Geom, Won Poong-Yeon, Choi Eun-seok, Oh Dae-hwan, Song Min-ji, Kim Hyun-ju, Sa Hee, Kim Young-joo
written by Choi Min-suk, Andy Yoon, Ahn Sang-hoon, music by Song Joon-seok

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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One night, blind Soo-ah (Kim Ha-Neul) takes a cab ... and hears the cabdriver run someone over. He claims it had been nothing but a dog, but she knows otherwise. Ultimately, the cabbie throws her out of the car and rushes off. She is sure it was a case of hit-and-run murder, so she reports it to the police, but nobody is inclined to believe her, nobody but detective Cho (Jo Hie-bong), a bit of a naive country bumpkin, but a man with good instincts. He investigates, and since Soo-ah has once been a police academy cadet, she decides to help him, also because she finally feels needed rather than pitied once more. However, despite their best efforts Cho and Soo-ah seem to be unable to find the cab ... and then young Gi-sub (Yoo Seung-ho) shows up and identifies himself as a witness - but insists the car Soo-ah was in was not a cab.

At first neither detective Cho nor Soo-ah believe him, simply because there is no reason to why it wouldn't have been a cab ... but then they find more and more evidence corroborating Gi-sub's claims, and not only that, they manage to link the whole incident to a serialkiller's killing spree - but by that time, the killer (Yang Yeong-jo) has already beaten Gi-sub half to death, and when he's back to his health again, he doesn't want to have anything to do with the cop and the blind girl anymore ... until he witnesses the killer pursuing Soo-ah, and it's only thanks to this and to Soo-ah's video phone that she escapes.

Detective Cho soon finds a definite clue to the killer, and from now on it's police work, which leaves Soo-ah and Gi-sub pretty much at the sidelines, and they decide to hide away for a couple of days, until the killer, a prominent gynocologist, is arrested, in Soo-ah's old home an orphanage. But the killer is more ruthless than anyone has thought, and he actually kills detective Cho in order to find out where Soo-ah and Gi-sub are hiding out, and eventually, he breaks into the orphanage to kill them - but Soo-ah is not a woman as incapable as she might appear to be - and the first thing she does is to create a power outage, as fighting in the dark turns the tide in her favour. But even then, the killer is a mighty tough opponent ... but it all ends happily.

 

In parts, this it a pretty great serialkiller thriller, taking quite a few cues from the gialli of old, in story as well as the look of isolated scenes and choice of music. On top of that, it's creepy and/or exciting in the appropriate moments. However, in all, Blind is a less than perfect movie, basically because it tries too hard to give the story a ... "heart" I suppose one would call it. Way too much time is spent on Soo-ah's backstory and motivations to really give the thriller aspects of the film room to properly develop, and what's worse, this backstory is nothing but a cliché (she has lost her eyesight in an accident in which she also lost her brother, and now considers Gi-sub hr brother substitute), and because of that the film also ends on an unnecessarily high note (well, at least she doesn't get her eyesight back).

Now don't get me wrong, Blind is still an ok thriller despite everything - but cut by about half an hour, it could have been a much tighter and more exciting and involving film!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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