Is there honestly a single actor living today that can match the breadth and range displayed by the great Gary Oldman over the last few decades? I think not. In fact, I think it is sometimes easy to forget all of the classic characters he’s portrayed simply because he absolutely vanishes into every role he plays. Just think of some of the films he’s helped bring to life: The Contender, JFK, Air Force One, the Harry Potter films, The Dark Knight, True Romance, and Sid and Nancy. Not too shabby, eh? And that’s just a small fraction of the the hits he’s graced with his talents.
I Saw the Devil is a flawed masterpiece. There are worse things to be, for sure, but knowing the greatness that could have been achieved with a nip and a tuck to the story dampens ever-so-slightly what has ended up being the first must-see film of 2011.