Wednesday, August 31, 2011

THIRST (2009)

[Update 6/18/2017: I'm gonna try and update this review soon.]

A priest selflessly allows himself to be a research guinea pig to help find a cure to a dangerous disease that is killing off missionaries. During the treatment he starts vomiting up blood and receives a blood transfusion. He dies, but suddenly he comes back to life and appears to be completely cured. After being released from the hospital he realizes that he's showing traits of a vampire! Being a priest and a vampire at the same time is a conflict of interests, especially when he starts having a hot love affair with a beautiful young woman. Now he's torn between his faith, "the blood thirsty beast" living within him and the lust for this woman.

Despite the bland title THIRST is a highly entertaining film that borders on being great. It's probably the best vampire movie since the original FRIGHT NIGHT and is, my opinion, Chan-wook Park's best film period. Yes, even better than OLDBOY. The story is fresh and inventive, the acting is excellent and the photography is especially stunning, but not as stunning as Ok-bin Kim's beauty. Mmmmm. The less said the better just watch it. Highly recommended.

[SPOILERS!!!]The one thing I didn't like about this film was the ending. I understand it, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. I don't like it because it means there's never going to be a Part 2 and that makes me sad because I really like the two main characters and I think Kang-ho Song and Ok-bin Kim have great onscreen chemistry.[END OF SPOILERS!!!]