Fear Eats The Seoul Movie Review
Written by Charlotte Stear
Written and directed by Nick J Calder
2011, 110 minutes, Not Rated
Amber Green as Nadia
Elinza Preforius as Mary
Miles Meili as Rufus
Nick Calder as Alex
Minji as Hyon Do Kim
Fear Eats the Seoul tells the story of four English teachers in Korea who, after an unexplainable demon epidemic takes over the country, are forced together to stay alive in the most incredible of circumstances.
This is the first film from director Nick Calder, which was surprising to find out as it has a fresh look and interesting story that does not hint at a first effort. The cast does not let it down in that respect either, and it manages to have an all-round polished feel to it.
Some may be deterred from watching another monster movie like this, but Fear Eats the Seoul promises something different with its demons. They snarl and chase their prey like animals with Edward Scissorhand-like claws that at first glance are a bit ridiculous, but the style of shooting the action scenes means we never see too much and they become creepy and threatening. In fact, the way the demons move and stalk around is very reminiscent of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park, they are not dumb zombies; these are things to be feared as they seem to know what they’re doing.
The way the camera moves during action scenes does create a good atmosphere, you never see too much so it doesn’t ruin the illusion, but it is so rapid and clumsy it gets quite confusing as to what is happening. Although it is a good device to heighten the panic of a situation, it made me quite nauseous at times as I’ve never been good with motion sickness, so maybe have some sea sickness tablets to hand just in case.
The story mainly surrounds lead character Nadia and her reasons for being in Korea, she is hot-headed and opinionated which makes her a tough lead to connect to. At times it is hard to stick with the film because it’s difficult to sympathise with her. But then again, it would be hard to react differently in her situation and as the film progresses she does thaw out, but not as much as she possibly could to connect with the audience.
We are also given background stories to the other main characters through flashbacks, which is a good way of breaking up the action and tension and connecting more with the characters. It is particularly interesting to see why these people are in Korea, and it will appeal to anyone who has traveled as the confusion and excitement that they all go through is something to identify with. These are five lost souls trying to find their way when something unbelievable happens to them, making it all the more sad and gripping.
Nick Calder has created something very different to what is normally expected from an epidemic movie and although it has its flaws, it shows promise for Calder’s career as a filmmaker.
Video, Audio and Special Features:
Video, audio and special features will not be graded as this was a screener.