Nick Schager Reviews The Chaser

Whereas Bong Joon-ho‘s Memories of Murder used a criminal investigation in dictatorial South Korea to suggest endemic figurative impotence, Na Hong-jin’s spiritual successor makes such flaccidness literal vis-à-vis its sexually frustrated, prostitute-slaughtering serial killer (Ha Jung-woo). Such unfavorable comparisons dog Na’s debut, a convoluted procedural that goes to brutal lengths to comment on the perversities of human nature and law enforcement, and yet undercuts its mournfully gloomy worldview with hectic humor.

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