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Yong-hyun moves into a creepy apartment which seems somehow familiar to him. His apartment was formerly occupied by a writer who burned to death in his room, but that doesn't seem to bother the detached young taxi driver. Across the hall from him is Jin-young who endures daily beatings from her husband. Her husband knows of a brutal murder that occurred about 30 years ago within the walls of this building and mysteriously touches on all their lives. Strange secrets begin to reveal themselves sending the characters down a path of terror...Written by
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I don't understand all the great reviews of "Sorum" that I've read on this site, for this movie is extremely disappointing. It is presented to us disguised as a ghost movie -or, more precisely, as a ghost movie inscribed in the Asian horror movie stream-, but the truth is it's merely a badly executed drama with bits of thriller.
It has a good starting point. The basic idea that the plot outline is developed (to call it something) from is a good one -not too complex, but good enough for an interesting and tense movie. The acting is very good. The cinematography and the understanding of the space and the environment is excellent, and this is the best point of the movie, the one where the director shows that he's got talent -we might want to remember that this is apparently his debut. However, the pacing is just disastrous, and it isn't an exaggeration to say that absolutely nothing, or very little, actually goes on for most of the movie's running time. We're just shown scenes of the main characters' lives and how they get on and interact with one another. The main focus is on the character of Sun-yeong, a 30-year-old taxi driver who moves in to a gloomy old apartment complex in Seoul. He gets acquainted with his young and mysterious female neighbor, Yong-hyun, and, to a lesser extent, with the latter's girl-friend and with an unsuccessful novelist -the only four people who stay in the building after a tragic event that happened not long before. For most of the movie's duration, we see the characters speak to each other, do things together, we watch their thoughts, feelings, etc. but nothing really interesting or revealing happens. This is obviously thought of as "character development", but nothing meaningful is contained in all that long series of uneventful events, if I may use that expression. To put it clearly, the movie is extremely boring for the most part, the pacing is awful, and it's easy to guess that the director wanted to be subtle in his process of revealing crucial information, but clearly failed at this.
Most comments talk about the very last part of the movie. I won't deny that it does have some interest, and it's quite horrible and daunting, more in accordance with the general tone of the movie. However, again, the resolution is absolutely confusing and it is necessary to watch the movie again to bring all the missing or unclear pieces together -which, in my opinion, is clearly a serious flaw, because the general public should be able to fully understand every movie at a first viewing, even though they might want to go back for additional or more engrossing detail, but the point or central message of the movie should be delivered without any confusion.
I can't recommend this movie to either the Asian horror movie fans or the fans of the cinema d'auteur.
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