Deliver Us from Evil (2020) – Movie Review
27th May 2021 Written by Peter Walkden
In-nam (Jung-min Hwang) is a highly skilled assassin who recently finished what he declared was his last and final job. With retirement on his mind, In-nam attempts to leave and begin a new life. But shortly after he completes his final kill, he receives word about a kidnapping in Thailand. In-nam believes that he may be connected to this young girl due to his past and decides to fly to Bangkok immediately. Once he arrives, he begins his own private investigation with hopes of rescuing the young girl before it’s too late.
But while in Thailand, In-nam learns he is being tracked and hunted by another skilled professional named Ray (Jung-jae Lee). It’s not long until In-nam is advised that Ray is the blood brother of the last person he killed. Ray is highly thirsty for revenge and will do anything to make sure In-nam pays for what he’s done, murdering anyone who stands between them. Now the clock is ticking with In-nam attempting to rescue the young girl and fighting off Ray, the ultimate killer, fueled by rage and hate.
The opening to this film is excellent, and I loved the introduction of In-nam. We witness what this man can do, but we also learn that he seeks a new life away from being a contract killer. I also enjoyed the plot’s concept. The film feels like a ticking clock as In-nam attempts to locate the young girl while dealing with a man who is trying to use any opportunity to murder him. It is a film where it feels like anything can happen, and for the most part, it’s precisely what happens.
The pacing is excellent, and I found myself invested early on. Many moments surprised me, and I found them highly unpredictable. The action was another element that was filled with fun. Some action moments are slowed down for viewers to enjoy. Even if the slowed-down style feels somewhat repetitive, I still found the action sequences entertaining. I loved the film’s general look and atmosphere as well as the setting of Thailand for the majority of the duration.
The film delivers a fun concept, and only a few ingredients felt disappointing. While the unpredictable plot is pleasing, the film’s final moments did feel slightly frustrating for me. The film also introduces a few side characters who were over the top and forgettable. Naturally, the constant battle between In-nam and Ray is the fuel that keeps the film exciting. Whenever these characters are not present, the film is undoubtedly weakened.
Overall, I’m pretty surprised to say it, but I had a blast watching this action film. The plot and the film’s concept feel like a combination of The Raid and Taken. I found myself highly invested in the story and enjoyed the action, which kept my interest high for the entire duration. The film delivers a great time with only a couple of elements that weaken it, including side characters who were significantly over the top and ultimately forgettable.
Deliver Us from Evil (2020) is Now Available in Australian Cinemas!