Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder ★★★★½

Wow, did not expect this to be as great as it was. Truly one of the best crime films, and certainly a top film of this century. The procedural aspects of this are as intriguing and frustrating for us as they seem to be for the inspectors on screen. While I have a few quibbles with the film, over all, absolutely outstanding. 

The first positive thing I really want to highlight is the camera work. While not always something I’ll notice first time around in a very plot heavy film like this it’s impossible not to. The use of close ups and long shots is exactly the kind of stylistic choices you want made in a film like this. The close ups, especially in the interrogation scenes really allow the actors to take up the screen and make you feel what they’re feeling. And the gorgeous long shots (my favorite probably being the two men in the light at the tunnel as the suspect runs into the darkness) is used invariably to highlight the isolation of our heroes, or more often than not, just how lost they are. That combined with an interesting who done it have the makings of an excellent film. 

The three things I don’t care too much for, are the one dimensionality of the third detective, said detectives weird tetanus plot line, and who the final murder victim is. This third detective was really just a brute who seemingly couldn’t control his impulses. That’s really all you get, save him being drunk and probably mad at himself for what he did, really nothing. The only thing you do get is this weird tetanus thing which I assume is just there to soften up deceive 1 (I honestly couldn’t tell you any of their names, but you know who I mean) but I don’t think it’s called for. Finally, the last Murder victim being someone they knew (plus the selection of said victim *eye roll*)  was so uncalled for. They didn’t have to do that and it felt pretty fake. 

To end on a positive note, excellent epilogue, something I’ve probably never typed out in my entire life of writing about film/literature. That final close up is fantastic. A must see for fans of the crime genre.