Monday, May 24, 2010

Three Extremes (2002) aka Three Extremes 2 aka Saam Gaang aka Three

2.5 / 5 May '10
Tagline: When two just ain't enough!
Directed by: Peter Chan, Ji-woon Kim, Nonzee Nimibutr
Written by: Teddy Chan, Matt Chow
Actors include: Hye-su Kim, Bo-seok Jeong, Suwinit Panjamawat
Genre: Horror
Length: 129 minutes
Banned: Nope

So the scoop is that this 3 Extremes film was released on DVD as 3 Extremes 2 despite the fact that it is actually volume 1. The sequel was more popular and therefore I believe was released as volume 1 instead of 2. Now that I've been super confusing, let me just say that the other 3 Extremes tales I really enjoyed each of them, quite fascinating. This time I found them rather dull and derivative, even when some were trying to be artsy it just seemed like drawing out the obvious. The first tale was about a woman who wakes up without memory also we have a husband who can't remember why his woman left him. The wandering woman calls a number on her dry cleaning bill (the only thing she has on her) and her husband finds a bloodied bag at his place. It's very confusingly told but at the same time it seems obvious what is going on despite all of the nonsense. It's got a bit of gore but it's very unsatisfying. The second tale is much like the film Dolls only a lot less amusing. This time it's traditional oriental dolls who are coming to life and they seem to cause voodoo like damage on folks. It's not as fun as it sounds and it goes on for way too long. The last story is the most interesting, a fellow has a dead wife in the tub who he believes is real. He bathes her and talks to her as though she's coming back to life and she speaks to him in his mind. When a neighbor pops by to look for his missing son he ends up tied to a chair and kept hostage waiting for the dead wife to revive herself. None of the stories were nearly as interesting as the other film, none were as shocking nor were the stories as clear. I do recommend seeking out the 2004 film called Three Extremes but this one I thought was a rather big dud...and over two hours long to boot.

Availability:  On DVD

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