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[Miles’ Review] Thirst

By Miles Trahan What’s South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook been doing since 2003’s Old Boy? Getting in touch with his feminine side. Beginning with 200...
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[Addam’s Review] Thirst

Anything Park Chan-Wook creates is guaranteed to be unique, brilliant, and very twisted at a minimum. Well, anything that isn’t I’m a Cyborg at least. Park’s newest film titled THIRST is a vampire romance-erotic-thriller-dark comedy-drama -- yes, that is a lot of adjectives -- inspired by the 19th century French novel by Emile Zola titled Therese Raquin. Park creates a uniquely Korean, and uniquely Park, vision of the vampire mythos and asks the audience to explore the dilemma of a Catholic priest discovering himself having a thirst for blood and the moral and spiritual crisis that would develop. Park delivers on the elements you would hope but definitely falls short of masterpiece quality like Oldboy or even that of Lady Vengeance. Heavily bloated with a narrative that often loses itself much less the audience, THIRST desperately needed another trip through the cutting room. It crawls when it should be running but luckily brings it back home before losing the audience completely. As negative as it may sound the positives definitely outweigh the negatives and another volume has without a doubt been added to the dark and twisted Zeitgeist of Park Chan-Wook film....