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Based on true events, “The Kill Team” tells the story of a young American soldier trapped between his conscience and survival when members of his platoon carry out a murderous scheme in the wasteland of Southern Afghanistan.

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I Saw the Devil (2010) 

Series: Horror Week (Pt. 7 of 13) 

What a ride.

I Saw the Devil, perhaps the best known film by Korean director Jee-woon Kim, is exhilarating, with nearly non-stop thrills from start to finish. It tells the story of Soo-hyeon (Byung-hun Lee), a secret agent whose wife is brutally murdered by infamous (and somehow simultaneously unknown) serial killer Kyung-chul (legendary Korean actor Min-sik Choi). They engage in the a game of cat-and-mouse, with the vengeful Soo-hyeon determined to make Kyung-chul pay dearly, John Wick style. Pouring blood and numerous mutilations ensue in what is best described as a mix of a serial killer slasher film and a secret agent action/martial arts film that somehow works brilliantly.

The subject matter of I Saw the Devil is of the basest echelon, reminiscent of only the lowest degenerate pulp. This is the kind of movie where civilians refer to the secret agent as “secret agent” as he asks “status?” into his watch, framed by a giant paper map of the world covered in Sharpie marks that only a tweenage conspiracy theorist would find meaningful. This is the kind of movie where the police captain waxes poetic on a park bench, remarking “How ironic that, despite my 30 some years of service, I couldn’t protect my own daughter.” This is the kind of movie where people recover from skull-crushing head wounds after a couple hours, the kind of movie where the moral feminine presence winkingly pleads with the main character: “revenge is for movies.” But it’s fun as fuck.

Let me qualify that statement: I Saw the Devil isn’t your typical fun; it’s a demented, gory sort of fun, similar to Game of Thrones or Mad Max: Fury Road (but not quite). All of the fight scenes, save for perhaps the first one, are crisply choreographed in rather innovative ways. However, the film is also shocking and appalling, with early portions of the film suggesting the slaughter or providing fleeting glimpses, only to really exacerbate by the contrast with carnage that would be gruesome and repulsive in its own right. Tarantino makes violence cathartic by leading up to it, blatantly heralding its arrival with dramatic tension. Game of Thrones weaves violent acts into regular situations with little to no warning, a technique that provides maximum shock. However, I Saw the Devil uses violence more like TV shows Dexter or Hannibal; the audience is simultaneously entranced and sickened by the blood onscreen, captivated by a sort of morbid curiosity. To me, some of the violence edges a little too close to all-out torture porn. The closing scene, however, tries to make the torment affecting and disturbing, probably in an effort to shy away from giving in completely to heinous primal pleasures, but these attempts are never the hard-hitting, ethical stuff present in the far more serious Prisoners.

Speaking of ethics, the film’s biggest weakness is probably its attempts to present Oldboy-esque levels of philosophical conundrums. Multiple times, the serial killer psychopath character gripes about other people being crazy, from asshole drivers to his actually sociopathic aggressor. It’s almost like the film was trying to raise questions about what we constitute as insane, but since Kyung-chul is a serial rapist and cannibal enabler, it falls flat. The only moral quandaries that work - about revenge and obsession - are issues we have seen time and time again. I often found myself sighing at some of the heavy-handed efforts to add moral depth to the plot.

That being said, I Saw the Devil is a thrill ride, and despite its two and a half hour length, it never felt boring. But if you do decide to watch this film, keep in mind that it’s nothing more than that. It’s cheesy and gory and paltry, yet it’s also well-made and entertaining.

- T. Malcolm


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The Girl on the Train (2016)

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Rachel Watson, an alcoholic who divorced her husband Tom after she caught him cheating on her, takes the train to work daily. She fantasizes about the relationship of her neighbours, Scott and Megan Hipwell, during her commute. That all changes when she witnesses something from the train window and Megan is missing, presumed dead. 


The Trap (2016)  

“For 11 years, the bestselling author Linda Conrads has mystified fans by never setting foot outside her home. Haunted by the unsolved murder of her younger sister–who she discovered in a pool of blood–and the face of the man she saw fleeing the scene, Linda’s hermit existence helps her cope with debilitating anxiety. But the sanctity of her oasis is shattered when she sees her sister’s murderer on television. 

Hobbled by years of isolation, Linda resolves to use the plot of her next novel to lay an irresistible trap for the man. As the plan is set in motion and the past comes rushing back, Linda’s memories–and her very sanity–are called into question. Is this man a heartless killer or merely a helpless victim?“

By Melanie Raabe, translated by Imogen Taylor

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Melanie Raabe was born in 1981 and grew up in a small village in former East Germany. After studying media and literature, she went on to become a magazine editor, freelance journalist, writer, and stage actor. While juggling several jobs by day, she wrote at night, crafting two plays and THE TRAP, which is her debut novel. Melanie Raabe currently lives in Cologne and loves the stage, traveling, cooking, bungee jumping, tattoos, indie rock, and cats.

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The Siege of Jadotville (2016)



Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during in the early 1960s.