Horror / Mystery / Thriller
Horror / Mystery / Thriller
The Jangsan Tiger, who mimics human voices to lure them close, encounters a family affected by the creature.
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August 20, 2018 at 01:41 PM
Yawn... This was abysmal...
Yay, another South Korean horror movie that I got the chance to sit down and watch. And anyone whom might be familiar with my track record of movies watched, will know that I am jump at any given chance to watch a movie from the Asian cinema. And South Korean cinema usually put out some rather extraordinary and creepy horror movies.
"The Mimic" (aka "Jang-san-beom"), however, was not one such movie. And that was somewhat of a cold slap to the face. Sure, I had not heard about the movie prior to getting the chance to sit down and watch it today. But I needed no encouragement or persuasion to do so. But of course, not every South Korean horror movie can be a work of pure genius.
The story told in "The Mimic" was unfathomably slow paced and rather unappealing, to be bluntly honest. There was nothing interesting about it and I was quickly losing interest in it. But I managed to endure to the very end, in the hopes that the movie would turn around its slump and become worthwhile. Alas, that did not happen.
The characters portrayed in the movie were one-dimensional cardboard cut-outs that you formed absolutely no bond or relationship to. So whether they died or survived was all the same. Sure, the children actresses were doing their fair share to carry the movie, but it was hardly enough to make it worthwhile.
There was nothing scary about this movie - well, unless you count being utterly mundane as a scary thing. And the story was just not appealing or one that managed to capture my interest.
"The Mimic" was a swing and a miss for director and writer Jung Huh. And this is not a movie that can sustain multiple viewings, because there simply was hardly enough contents to sustain a single viewing, much less anything beyond that.
Creepy Kid, But Not Much Else
This movie feels like it's been edited to the bone - there are a bunch of unrelated story elements which pop up throughout, yet go nowhere, and instead of complementing the plot, they just muddy the waters and make the story confusing. Some characters are introduced with apparently important information to reveal, but with absolutely no context as to how they know what they do, or why other characters should even listen to them. Characters affected by the mimic can experience various physical responses, one of which seems quite dire, but the experience just ends as if incomplete and leaves you wondering what happened to the character afterwards.
The most definitive element of the film is the acting of the young girl playing the mimic. She's hard not to like, making the viewer's response conflicting with the scenes that follow, and engaging you to wonder what she will do next. Unfortunately though, the constant plot holes and character actions which simply don't make sense detract from this being anything other than a forgettable horror flick.
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A chilling if somewhat slightly flawed effort
Traveling into the wilderness, a troubled family trying to heal itself from a series of tragedies finds that the reclusive girl they found in the woods nearby leads them into a series of confrontations with a deadly ghost that can mimic human voices and try to protect themselves.
This was quite the fun if somewhat flawed effort. What really works nicely for this one is the fact that it manages to really exploit the concept of its central ghostly figure. This one offers up an entirely novel and chilling ghost that has a great backstory and gets to employ a rather unique concept of mimicking human sound and voices to great effect throughout here which is quite intriguing when it starts to attack. This idea creates a rather enjoyable premise as this goes on where the physical limitations it shows, as the blurry vision and onset of hearing loss, combine together into a truly chilling effort. This in turns leads into the strong action scenes that emerge from this setup. The opening scene showing the couple confronting the creature inside the cave at the side of the forest, complete with the attack on the lone victim, serves as a nice warm-up to the later scenes of the family sensing the spirit around them in places like closets or bathrooms which gives this one enough of a horror feel that it maintains that sense of dread leading nicely into the stellar finale. Taking place within the creature's underground cave home, the freakiness experienced in the setting gives way to the series of confrontations and escapes from that titular ghost, utilizing the strong series of battles in the caves alongside the use of various objects around them to give this a highly intriguing and fun finale. Alongside the great look of the ghost, these here hold it up over it's few obvious flaws. The biggest issue here is the overall sense of blandness that overcomes a majority of the film. Very little happens here that actually affects the family in the film, as things continually build involving the girl which is barely acknowledged within here in order to focus on the other storylines that aren't even all that well-developed anyway. Going from the idea of the troubled family with the mother's mental issues and their own troubling nature regarding the missing child all tend to get brought up yet then routinely ignored which is really troubling. There are several storylines brought out of this setup, as in how the grandmother knows the girls' history or the police investigations into the disappearances which is brought up and then all but ignored which just doesn't do much overall here since this relies mostly on familiar tropes in their place. These here really hold this one down.
Rated Unrated/R: Language, Violence and children-in-jeopardy.