Bong Joon-Ho

Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder is one of my favorite movies, and in my mind, genuinely one of the best movies ever made. Bong Joon-Ho, the mind behind Snowpiercer and The Host, has a style and driving philosophy that synchs up perfectly with how I feel about film. Each of his movies has some genre that it tackles, be it a monster movie, a post-apocalyptic survival thriller, or in this case, a police procedural. At their core though, each of his movies is about people. These broad genres are used only as ways to explore the human psyche, to see what truly makes up a person. In Memories of Murder, we find him at his best, directing an absolutely riveting mystery following a series of murders that really took place in South Korea in the late 80s that even on the surface level is an incredible film. But at it's heart, it is a story of people, how they react to tragedy, to helplessness, to frustration, to failure, and most of all, to each other.