Directed by Chan-wook Park.
Written by Seo-gyeong Jeong and Chan-wook Park.
Starring Kang-ho Song, Ok-vin Kim and Hae-sook Kim.
Release Year: 2009
Review Date: 8/24/09
The guy that wrote & directed
film--has made a movie about a priest (Kang-ho Song) who undergoes a
treatment that turns him into a vampire, and that vampire then falls
in love with a commoner named Tae-ju (Ok-vin Kim), and in becoming a
vampire, the priest goes from upstanding citizen to blood-sucking
man-whorish gambler overnight.
And, this film--called "Thirst"--is supposed
to be a love story!
Like "Oldboy", "Thirst" falls into half a
dozen genres but it generally works thanks to the kind of wacko
filmmaking that makes film critics call Quentin Tarantino a genius.
In other words, it's wacky to most normal, kind,
40-hours-a-week-and-church-on-Sundays people; to someone with an
artistic bent, I think that "Thirst" will come off as cool because
of the twist on the normal vampire/Dracula-style love story that was
made years ago. The twist? Let's set things in the
modern day, but make the blood feedings that keep any vampire worth
his salt alive...uhh, scenes where the priest takes an IV blood drip
from an overweight comatose patient? Or, maybe, snacks from
the wrist of another priest (In-hwan Park)? Or, maybe, snacks
from his human girlfriend?
As nasty as this film is, it lays down the
story (at least, through the first half of the film) as being an
innocent, magical vampire-coming-of-age story. Now, in the
second half, things change a bit as the girlfriend casually reminds
the priest that she really doesn't like her husband, or that she
wouldn't mind becoming a vampire herself. But, even then, the
love story elements stick around as things get violent for everyone
involved. Will the priest give in to the girlfriend?
Will everyone, everywhere die a nasty death at the hands of
vampires? And, what the fuck is the scoring system for
Yep, "Thirst" is just a ride, a thriller for
those that want to see something really different. Not for
everyone, but if you give it a shot, all I'll promise is that it
will NOT be boring!
Rating: $9.50 Show
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard