Yong Hoo has lost his father in an accident when he was a child. Yong Hoo has distrusted and resented people since then. Now, Yong Hoo is champion in martial arts.
He meets Priest An, who is an exorcist. They get involved in a case and must fight a powerful evil.
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Cast & Credits
ACTING: Every single actor, either main, secondary or guest did an excellent job. I don't need to mention that the two main leads, Park Seo Joon, and Ahn Sung Ki were mindblowing. The emotions that they portrayed through their facial expressions, the feeling showing through the eyes, the warm budding relationship of these two characters and every single time they shared the screen, it was magic. I was completely floored by the child actor, Jung Ji Hoon, too.
What I didn't love:
PLOT: Park Seo Joon's character continues to rave and hate God throughout the movie, till the bit before the end where he rushes into the church to yell at God, and yet he is selected to become this harbringer of so-called divine fury because his dad said so? Really? He shows no particular religious feeling, no actual connection with God, and seems to have taken on the role of an exorcist's disciple simply because he somehow chanced upon an exorcism. I suppose the most that you can say about it is that he doesn't like ignoring people who are in pain or who need him, but honestly that wasn't well-developed and I wish the director had pursued that more.
THE HERO: Needed more character development! Everything is rushed; his relationship with his dad and with Father Ahn. He also seems to lack a clear motive, at least in my opinion. He's pretty much lost in his life during the pre-Father Ahn years, but afterwards, what motivates him to suddenly jump into exorcism? Is there a clear reconciliation between him and God? Would he have continued on this path had Father Ahn died? I think what the movie needed was a powerful moment where he witnesses people who lose loved ones and still continue to have faith in God, or who still smile. There was just something missing in this character that I can't seem to put exactly in words.
THE VILLAIN: My biggest disappointment is the fact that the villain is just this bland evil guy who is evil for the sake of it. There's no background, no motives, no depth at all. He just worships his Snake Lord for the sake of immortality but boy, what you gonna do with your eternal life? Party away in that club of yours? Heck, Doctor Faustus had a better motive than you, though he was pretty stupid too. There was just so much potential and room here and it was a big let-down.
THE ENDING: Everybody lives happily ever after. Ew.
Basically it's about (Park Seo Joon) Yong Hoo has doubts and hatred of his faith. Due to his circumstances and belief, he grew up to be a martial arts fighter. An incident happens to Yong Hoo and he meets (Ahn Sung Ki) Father Ahn. Father Ahn is an exorcist and goes around performing exorcisms. Some incidents happen which bring them to (Woo Do Hwan) Ji Shin and the story deepens.
The plot might seem slow but every part was necessary. You get to see the character growth of Yong Hoo and the decisions he makes after legitimately being tempted by the devil.
The exorcism parts were quite scary but as I lack experience in watching exorcism movies, I am not a good judge.
There are scary parts, jumpscares but there are also heartwarming parts, character growth, and comedy.
The cast was amazing. Honestly, my friends wanted to watch the movie because of Park Seo Joon's abs. (Which was worth it cause the movie was better than I had thought it would be). There are many parts that had us laughing out loud and also parts which made us hide behind our fingers.
Ahn Sung Ki was amazing as Father Ahn. The way he acted with his voice at normal volume to a soft whisper was oddly comforting. He made him sound softhearted, kind and very much like a Father/ Priest.
Woo Do Hwan always had the look as someone sinister, someone dark. He was so amazing as the Serpent Satan follower and his acting was perfect in the movie.
Music: The music/ bgm was good and it did help with the flow and pacing of the movie.
I dare say halfway through or at the end of the movie, I immediately had the thought that I would rewatch the movie and was more than eager to recommend the movie to my family and friends.
I would say that like how different Train to Busan was as a zombie movie, The Divine Fury was more than just about exorcism as you see Yong Hoo grow and change as a person. It was pretty inspiring.