Movie Review: Silenced/ The Crucible (2011)

I had heard a lot of great things about this movie from my Korean friends. I had also known that this movie had won great accolades and is one of the best movies of 2011. I thought of watching it and boy, was my mind blown.

First and foremost, this movie is not for the faint hearted. If you cannot handle explicit scenes, stay away from this one. If you can handle such stuff, read on!

This film (Korean name : 도가니) follows the journey of Kang In Ho (Gong Yoo) as he finds a new job at a school for the hearing impaired as an art teacher. What seems like a normal school, actually has a very dark underbelly. Gong  Yoo witnesses some strange and horrible incidents happening to some kids and finds out the ugly truth of what actually happens behind closed doors in that school. He soon realizes that the school’s principal and teachers, and even the police, prosecutors and churches in the community are actually trying to cover up the truth.

Once you start watching this movie, you’ll get drawn into it and feel every emotion that the characters in the movie feel. The acting is impeccable. The children had to portray such difficult roles but they did it and how! Baek Seung hwan is going to be a great actor in the future (he is an amazing child actor now!)

The fact that this storyline is based on a real life experience makes it all the more chilling. This movie doesn’t aim to entertain. It aims to tell you the reality – as it is. Gong Yoo’s acting is just superb so is Jung Yu Mi’s acting. When you finish watching it, this movie will leave strong imprints on your mind.

This movie is based on the novel “Dogani” written by Kong Ji-Young (published in 2009). The novel was inspired by a true incidents which occurred at a school for hearing-impaired persons in Gwangju, South Korea.

Again, don’t watch it if you’re below 18 or if you can’t handle explicit scenes. Here’s the trailer:

If you have watched this movie, let me know in the comments what you thought of it! My rating: 4/5


5 thoughts on “Movie Review: Silenced/ The Crucible (2011)

    • yeah I made sure I mentioned it twice because even though I can watch anything, I was also stunned after watching this movie 😛 Now waiting for your drama reviews!

  1. I can watch simply everything except mushy soapy operas, and having watching Silenced right after Looper was a tad too much for my conscience =p
    But other than that, I definitely agree that Silenced is an awesome piece; the story, the acting (Min-su/Baek Seung-hwan!!!!), the cinematography…
    I have to admit I was a bit perplexed during the first thirty minutes or so, because most of the “mystery” was already exposed. Boy was I in for a surprise. The court scenes ( and subsequent slime-ball characters juggling with the law to create justice of their own version) were also shocking.
    Overall I’d give it 5 stars; because this is definitely not the typical Korean drama, plus I was entertained (in a good way) viewing Silenced as a movie. Doesn’t hurt to know that this film also raised awareness & concern about the real case, so I’m really proud of Gong Yoo (the sole reason I looked up this movie in the first place) for wanting to tell a good-albeit-gruesome true-story in a darn good way.

    PS: Gong Yoo’s latest drama “Big” was also enjoyable. He acted wonderfully, but too bad the story deteriorated near the end. I’m really hoping his next project has more beef *crossing fingers*

  2. I just cant stop crying after watching this movie,,though its very depressing,,i really really liked it..the 3 children are so good on acting those heartbreaking scenes,,this movie makes me want to be a police or lawyer so i can sue those b*stards!!this movie should win an award because they totally deserve it,,

  3. just finished the movie it was incredibly well executed, acting, everything, it definitely leaves as exhausted as the characters are by the end of the movie! 5/5

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