"That's the only reason why I'm still alive," Sook-hee (Ok-bin Kim)
THE VILLAINESS is a mess. The camerawork is all over the place. The editing is all over the place. The story is all over the place. The tone is all over the place. It somehow still engages through sheer energetic forcefulness. The audience is grabbed by the collar and yanked along the runtime, pausing for some out of place sentimentality. For the last six years the action genre has taken a leap forward in combat choreography. From THE RAID and JOHN WICK to ATOMIC BLONDE, cinema attendees have been treated to masterclasses in heady set-pieces. THE VILLAINESS attempts to join them, but makes a pig's ear. One can see that director Byung-gil Jung is experimenting with a signature visual style.
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