Blu-ray Review: “Confession Of Murder” Is A Gritty Action Movie With A Killer Twist


Review by James McDonald

After the statute of limitation expires on the murders he has committed, Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing all his murders in great detail.

“Confession of Murder” is that rare breed of film which encompasses action, drama and suspense and combines all three successfully. Detective Choi (Jae-yeong Jeong) has been working on a case in which he is very close to capturing a serial killer. He tracks him down and ends up getting hurt in the process and the killer disappears. Fifteen years later, Lee Doo-seok (Park Si-hoo), a handsome and striking young man, appears on the scene as the author of a new book titled ‘I Am The Murderer’ in which he claims to be the serial killer that Choi was pursuing. The only problem is, he is seemingly untouchable. The country’s statute of limitations on murder has run out so the police cannot arrest him. As Lee’s popularity grows, Choi is not convinced that he is the killer but at the same time, he cannot overcome the fact that his precise descriptions of the murders are spot on.

Not long after, a mysterious man who calls himself “J”, surfaces and claims that he is the real killer and in an arranged televised debate, each of the supposed killers will get their opportunity to prove to the world their true identities but Choi has an ace up his sleeve that will confirm the real killer in a twist that absolutely nobody could see coming. More and more Korean movies are hitting our shores and they are getting better and better along the way. “Confession of Murder” is an extraordinary movie that combines some truly exceptional action set-pieces along with some believable drama and heartfelt performances. It’s been a long time since I watched a movie with a surprise ending that I didn’t see coming and even rivals “Seven” and “The Sixth Sense”. When the real killers’ identity is made known, he manages to evade capture but Choi gives chase in one of the film’s most exciting spectacles.

Some of the fighting and action throughout was enough to give Jason Bourne a run for his money. Granted, the fighting styles and techniques in the Bourne movies were obviously influenced very heavily by Asian and Korean movies but he is the one that brought a gritty realism to Western movies and paved the way for that method of fighting. The film’s opening scene, in which Choi gives chase to the killer, was a non-stop barrage of fighting, scaling walls and jumping through windows, with no idea of what was below. It was so refreshing watching the movie and not being able to predict the outcome and I give director Byeong-gil Jeong credit for achieving this. There are a lot of action movies out there but if you don’t mind reading subtitles, which most Asian and Korean movies have, I would highly recommend “Confession of Murder”.

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