Back in the 1990s, the citizens of Seoul were gripped with a paralyzing fear after a series of brutal attacks and murders occurred. A mysterious figure dubbed ‘Red Cap’ was stalking women on the streets then killing his prey, seemingly without provocation. His habit of striking at random made it impossible for the detectives to predict his next move. At the top of their minds is what could be triggering him. Aware of the American F.B.I. and its successful use of criminal profilers to identify serial killers, the head of the Criminal Behavioral Analysis team, Gook Young Soo recruits Song Ha Young, a quiet, reserved, incredibly perceptive former detective for his team. Gook believes using this new psychological method will give the police an edge in capturing 'Red Cap' and ending his killing spree. Homicide expert Yoon Tae Goo and her officers question the value of this approach and are resistant to entering such uncharted territory. To quell their scorn they need to convince that this radical crime-fighting approach will increase their arrest rates. Does Song Ha Young have the ability to gain the trust of callous criminals while seeing through them? Is he clever enough to outwit them? But more importantly, does he possess the emotional fortitude to withstand the process? (Source: Viki; edited by Lee C) ~~ Adapted from the autobiography of the same title, co-written by Korea's first criminal profiler, Kwon Il Yong and journalist-turned-author Ko Na Mu, depicting some of Kwon's field experiences. Edit Translation
- Native Title: 악의 마음을 읽는 자들
- Also Known As: Those Who Read the Minds of Evil , Those Who Read Hearts of Evil , Inside Criminal Minds , Agui Maeumeul Ilgneun Jadeul , Akeui Maeumeul Ilkneun Jadeul
- Director: Kim Jae Hong, Park Bo Ram
- Screenwriter: Seol Yi Na, Kwon Il Yong
- Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Drama
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Great actors but a declining storylineThe plot delves into the psychology of a murderer, understanding their intentions, and using the data to categorize murderers into some sort of personality types. I found the idea to be rather interesting as I personally like psychological thrillers. However, this series failed to hold my interest till the end.
One would expect thrillers to be 'gripping' and you would want to hold your breath as they challenge the murderers and uncover details of the case. This was only largely seen in the first story in the series. Honestly, Part 1 of this series was captivating. The first few episodes were great, and shows promise to this series, however as the series progressed, I found myself skipping through the scenes. The acting was amazing, especially some of the prisoners they interviewed. However the series failed to explore more details in the psychology of a murderer, and somehow the crimes get more easy to solve. It seemed like a disappointment from the first few episodes and furthermore, there wasn't much character development. It was just a monotonous solving of crime after crime.
Overall, a mediocre thriller, not as dark as I would like, but it's an interesting watch for sure.
Not Good EnoughKorean Drama " Through The Darkness " is a chronicle of criminal cases through the lenses of a homicide team.
The drama has some interesting aspects, like the first few criminal cases. But, quickly, it became predictable and messy. Especially messy due to the time jumps that got confusing and tiring. The entertaining factor got less and less with the episode as well.
The performances, on the other hand, were all pretty great and aided the drama a lot, mainly since the main characters were dominating the scenes.
The cinematography, on the other hand, was messing the timeline.
So, overall, 4 out of 10.