Finally got to see this movie this afternoon (almost missed a class too because I lost track of time
), so in keeping with tradition, here are my reactions (SPOILER ALERT):
- The opening scene is confusing, especially since it doesn't even involve any main characters. They probably could have found a better way to do that.
- Everyone had a British accent except Dirk, but the accents weren't too pronounced, so either the actors actually were British or they knew better than to overdo it.
- The plot reminded me a little of The Scarlet Letter, not just because the crime is literally written on his chest, but also the way he kept trying to hide it until it was impossible to hide any longer.
- Also reminded me of a German story we're reading in German class about a man who sells his shadow (which represents his soul) to a man who is basically the devil, and although he gets a lot of money, he can't live a normal life or find love because people will reject him.
- It was weird how Frank kept killing people and absolutely deserved to die, yet I couldn't help feeling sorry for him.
- This story seems almost like an allegory for any kind of wrongdoing - Frank tried to hide the fact that he was a murderer and go on with his life, but by doing so he ultimately ruined his life. His inward corruption became outwardly visible, and all his attempts to hide it ended with him hurting people, even the people he actually cared about.
- I think the story could have ended differently if Frank ever actually repented of killing Hai Lee. But he didn't regret the murder, all he regretted was getting punished, which was clear when he tried to confess to the priest and when he consulted with the other magic woman. He wanted to get rid of the mark without being punished for the murder. Although he looked like a "nice guy" he was really self-serving and a coward.
- Any idea what was going on with the photographs of Frank/Dirk in the beginning? Most obviously, he wasn't wearing a shirt, so it seemed like foreshadowing of what was going to happen, but I thought it was kind of weird for a guy to have shirtless pictures of himself in his own apartment. Once again, maybe just an overly dramatic hint at what was to come.
- The guy who played the deputy detective looked really familiar, but it might just be my imagination.
- Come to think of it, the guy who played Frank looked really familiar too.
- Wondering if the idea of a mark designating murder was at all related to the mark of Cain?
- In my opinion, what made this movie powerful was the fact that it was eerily relatable. All the bad decisions Frank made were the type of decisions anyone could make under similar circumstances, which provides a chilling reminder that anyone could become a thief or murderer under the right conditions.
Well, that was a dark movie, but strangely satisfying. Maybe I can do a personality type analysis of Frank at some point.