Friday, May 18, 2012

Film Roundup - March 2012: Thirst

Thirst (2009)
Directed by Park Chan Wook
Grade= A-

Korean filmmaker Park Chan Wook reinterprets a vampire story in his own way. No kitsch, no mawkish teen delight, just pure gore, pure macabre. When a priest survived a dangerous medical experiment that killed hundreds of volunteers before him – the townspeople believe that he had become a saint or God’s miracle healer on Earth. However, the priest is now highly sensitive to sunlight and is suddenly craving for the smell and taste of blood. Thirst depicts the cruel reality of vampiric power and the loneliness of a bloodsucking immortal; that in spite of their extraordinary cunning ways they remain greatly dependent on humans. Take for instance is the pitiful attempts and desperate methods of the priest to acquire blood from the sickly and the suicidal, rather from the healthy and alive just so he could continue co-existing with humans without a hint of suspicion. However, his normal routine was ruined when he decided to become involved with a quiet but tricky seamstress. Thirst looks at the nature of evil that is both present not only in the blood hungry vampire but also in the hunger of man for power and eternal youth – regardless of the place or the nature where it could be obtain.   Park Chan Wook’s spine tingling work is not for the faint of heart and not for viewers who crave the mediocre teen fazed that is Twilight and The Vampire Diaries.

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