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Devils – Fantasia 2023

(2023)
Runtime:105 minutes
Director:Kim Jae-hoon
Country:South Korea
Actors:
Jae-hwan
Gwi-hwa Choi
Min-seong Kim
Jae-cheol Lee
Seong-jin
Genres:Crime, Thriller
Writer:
(as Kim Jae-Hoon)
Production companies:
Plots:
A determined homicide detective assigned to take down a ring of serial killers, has a personal motivation as one of the victims is his own brother-in-law.
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A homicide detective finds his body switched with a sadistic serial killer in Devils. Jae-hwan (Oh Dae-hwan) has spent the last two years on the trailer of the sadistic serial killer Jin-hyuk (Kim Sang-yoon), who along with his three accomplices have been killing and dismembering women for dark web snuff films. Jae-Han finally tracks Jin-hyuk down and chases the killer off a cliff, with both not being seen again for over a month. When Jae-hwan wakes up in hospital, he is shocked to find that he was swapped bodies with Jin-hyuk!

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Devils Synopsis

Devils is the feature debut for South Korean writer and director Kim Jae-hoon. Starring Oh Dae-hwan (Deliver Us from Evil) and Kim Sang-yoon (Project Wolf Hunting), the plot is a twist on the body-swapping premise previously used in such films such as Face/Off and Freaky. Fearing the safety of his family, Jae-hwan is forced to do the wishes of the serial killer Jin-hyuk, while occupying the killer's body.

My Thoughts on Devils

One one hand, Devils is played out as a deadly serious crime thriller with a very sadistic level violence, particularly the florescent lit prologue, where the protagonist Jae-hwan's brother-in-law becomes collateral damage of the serial killer Jin-hyuk. On the other hand, the film utilizes a body-swap premise, which the characters themselves acknowledge is beyond the realm of believability. This leads to a third act plot twist, told in extended flashback, which gives an incredibly stupid explanation for the “body swap,” which practically ends up derailing the entire film. It's a shame, because Devils otherwise showed some promise.

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