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Devils – Fantasia 2023

Devils
This Korean body-swap thriller has a sadistic level of violence, but is derailed by a very stupid third act plot twist

Devils – Fantasia 2023

Runtime: 01:46
Synopsis:
Having lost his colleague who was also his brother-in-law to a serial murderer two years ago, homicide detective Jae-hwan is unable to contain his hatred toward the murderer and dives headfirst into hunting the brutal killer. Jae-hwan finally comes face to face with the murderer Jin-hyeok but in the heat of the chase, they get into an accident. Waking up in a hospital, Jae-hwan realizes his body has been switched with that of the murderer. To protect his family and uncover the secret of this body switch, Jae-hwan, who’s trapped in the murderer’s body, begins a desperate chase.
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A homicide detective finds his body switched with a sadistic serial killer in . Jae-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!

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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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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