Sorum has been advertised as ghost story and on the surface that is what it appears to be. But there is more about it and that is what makes this film so interesting. Other categories such as social drama or psycho thriller could also be applied to it. As a social comment on parent's behaviour works with some difficulties but it's a nice try. It is economically but brilliantly shot. Somebody has pointed out some similarities with the Sixth Sense, and probably the story is not the most original of all (somehow Barton Fink popped into my mind for its use of the building). Still it has really nice touches such as the story being the source of a novel in progress or is it the other way round?, exposing the dark side of every single character in the film. The supposed hero, the taxi driver, appearing to be the most sane and innocent of all of the characters who just had the misfortune of stumbling across a weird group of characters reveals itself as the craziest of all. The interconnections between the characters might have seemed a bit confusing specially the ending which many couldn't grasped (and here avoids the ultimate flaw of the Sixth Sense which makes use of flashbacks for everybody in the audience to understand what happened to Willis). Not really a scary film I still felt quite shocked by the climatic scene where the taxi driver kills his, yet unknown, half-sister by struggling her with the scarf she bought for him. A scene that under my view is the best of the film and moves this film away from the usual trickery of ghost movies. It is a one shot sequence played in hotel room which follows the development of a row between both characters that ends tragically. The discovery he makes later about his sister and the possibility he might be a ghost or not a real person at all or character from a novel has this sense of futility and not being able to control your own fate that makes the film a gripping experience. A reoccurring motif is water, in the shape of rain, lake, shower, toilet sink and functions not just a substitute for the lack of music in the film but also to create tension as when the beaten up woman opens the wardrobe, where we later discovered her son died suffocated, while we can still hear the sound of water going down a half blocked pipe.
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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...
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November 24, 2022 at 11:21 PM