Tuesday, September 20, 2016

264: Confession of Murder Review

Last night we went to watch Confession of Murder, a part of this year's Korean Film Festival. Quick summary: two years after the fifteen-year statute of limitations on his last murder has lapsed, the alleged serial killer surfaces to confess to his crimes. The confession is by way of a tell-all book, received to much media acclaim, with the serial killer even gaining the adulation of fans. The relatives of his victims, though, are planning their revenge and the police detective who was chasing after him isn't about to let go.

Confession prompted me to look up if indeed there was such a statute of limitations on murder in South Korea. It turns out this is indeed the case. Moreover, I learned that there was also a series of murders in Hwaseong from 1986 to 1991. This movie takes inspiration from that incident, though in real life the murderer was never caught.

As to the movie itself: while the opening, a chase between the detective and the serial killer, was certainly thrilling, after a while all the relentless action interspersed with melodrama became silly. The police procedural part reminded me of an episode of Phoenix Wright. The action scenes took inspiration from The Matrix and Bourne Identity. The capers were reminiscent of Mission Impossible and Ocean's Eleven. When the camera focused on the serial killer, it seemed like they were channeling Silence of the Lambs. The chase scenes reminded me of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.

Still, the movie was quite entertaining so it makes up for its own excesses in that regard.