Midnight – Movie News | Film-News.co.uk

In this tense South Korean thriller, SQUID GAME’s Wi Ha-jun plays a deranged serial killer whose latest target, a deaf young woman, turns out to be anything but easy prey…which sets off a game of tag and tag. crooked mouse. overnight in an almost deserted metropolis.

The film begins with a kind of prologue in which we see a young woman (a shift worker) leaving her place of work (which looks like some sort of industrial area) late in the evening. Realizing that her car won’t start, she begins to walk when a few minutes later a young man in a car approaches and offers to drive her to the nearest bus stop. Hesitantly, the woman politely declines. Then we hear a faint male voice screaming for help coming from the same car (sounds a bit like one of those big Cadillac Escalades) that had stopped seconds before. However, the voice does not belong to the driver but to a seriously injured man sitting on the ground next to the vehicle. When the woman returns to the car to inspect the situation, the driver, the young man who had offered to take her, grabs the unsuspecting woman, who is now screaming loudly, and pulls her inside the car… which is equipped a clothes rail from which all sorts of suits and shirts hang. Also in the car is a large box with nasty tools such as blades, knives, axes, etc.

The story then continues with two seemingly unrelated scenarios although the characters will soon cross paths during a night of gore-infested hell. So Jung-eun (Kim Hye-yoon), a young girl who lives with her older brother Jong Tak (Park Hoon) who works for a security company, in the house of their parents (deceased or gone) is about to blind date and promises his brother to keep in touch throughout the evening.
Meanwhile, Kim Kyung-mi (Jin Ki-joo), a deaf young woman who works as a sign language consultant at a call center, is invited by her manager to join the team after work for a meal. with customers. She agrees and informs her deaf mother (Gil Hae-yeon), who works in a textile shop, that she will be picking her up from work, although a little later than usual. Driving in his car to pick up his mum after the meeting with co-workers, a second car passes Kim’s car…the driver turns out to be the same young man who obviously kidnapped the injured man and the woman at the start of the film . It’s about Do-shik (Jin Ki-joo), a psychopathic serial killer who attacks men and women at night. Do-shik is also clever in the sense that he manages to fool the police by means of his various disguises (i.e. shirts, suits, etc.) while wearing a face mask whenever he attacks. In a cheeky display of arrogant arrogance, he calls the police and even claims to have discovered the latest mutilated victims…and they truly believe him.

After laying eyes on Kim, Do-shik turns his car around and follows her. As her mother waits on the corner of a deserted street, Jong-Tak approaches her and asks her if she may have seen a young girl fitting the following description (he shows her a photo of her sister So ), explaining that he is worried because the girl has not replied to any of his texts. Realizing that the woman is deaf, he continues his search. Shortly after, Kim arrives to pick up her mother with the car and this is where this review should stop because to give anything more would seriously spoil this incredible thriller which involves twists and turns galore. Let’s just say that Kim proves to be a force to be reckoned with and if Do-shik thinks the deaf young lady is an easy target, then he has something else to come! Add to that the fighting skills of Jong-Tak who also met Kim by chance – and Do-shik finds himself up against two fierce adversaries determined to take him down no matter what!

This award-winning thriller was originally tagged for release in 2020 but put on hold due to the COVID pandemic. There’s something almost Kafkaesque about every deserted alley and nook – a nightmarish maze in which only the killer and his prey seem to exist, save for a few law enforcers (all of whom turn out to be pretty useless) . Jin Ki-joo as a deaf young woman in grave danger, Park Hoon as So’s worried brother, and Jin Ki-joo as a demented serial killer deliver feverish performances requiring the exposure of a whole range of emotions.
Eureka/Montage Pictures is bringing MIDNIGHT to Blu-ray and digital platforms for the first time in the UK. The first printing (2000 copies) will be presented in a limited edition O-card case and will include a collector’s booklet. The bonus features audio commentary and an all-new video essay on the history of Korean horror cinema by critic Travis Crawford.


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