This is my least favorite Chan-wook Park film. That said, all his films are a level above most so I can’t say it’s a bad film. It just felt like it wanted more impact than it delivered. Unlike his other films though, I didn’t get the emotional attachment with the main character I felt with Park’s other films.
I can’t say part of my reaction was not influenced by the two guys sitting next to me who were receiving and sending text messages throughout the entire film and the lady next to us who broke out her store-bought build-your-own-salad she munchily ate during the first 1/2 hour of the film.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance remains my favorite Chan-wook Park film. Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance were both really good, but I just had more of an emotional, involved response to Mr. Vengeance.