Fantasia Film Festival 2022 review: CONFESSION is a brilliant, fast-paced thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat

Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery, especially one that keeps you on the edge of your seat guessing who the killer is until the credits roll? Based on the 2017 Spanish film The Unseen guest directed by Oriol Paulo but with a revamped ending, the South Korean thriller from writer/director Yoon Jong-seok Confession had its Canadian premiere at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Confession masterfully tells the story of a man suspected of murder through a series of mind-bending flashbacks leading to a transcendent final act.

Confession stars So Ji-sub as Yoo Min-ho, a man suspected of killing his mistress Kim Se-hee, played by Jin-Ah Im. Yoo claims he is innocent, but he appears guilty after being found in a locked hotel room with his dead lover. When released on bail, he travels to a secluded retreat to meet his new lawyer, Ms. Yang, played by Yunjin Kim (Lost), who will only agree to represent him if he tells him exactly what happened. The ensuing conversation unfolds like a game of cat and mouse and a series of flashbacks present several different theories as to what really happened in that hotel room while trying to uncover the identity of the killer. .

With smart writing and outstanding performance, Confession invites the audience to participate in unraveling the mystery surrounding the murder, as well as the case of a missing person who may in some way have a connection to Yoo. The story is fast-paced and it’s impossible to predict the twists and turns that are on display as each flashback unfolds and unmasks a different possible killer, each with a different motive. Yunjin Kim is outstanding as the mysterious and secretive Ms. Yang, and So Ji-sub is magnificent as the accused Yoo, who may or may not be a cold-blooded killer. Confession not only cleverly conceals a killer, but through exceptional storytelling, also presents the possibility that some of those involved are not who they claim to be. The film deftly leads the audience through the riddle to try to figure out who is lying and who is telling the truth, leading to a beautifully shocking climax.

Confession cleverly weaves a web of deception that tips the audience in one direction and once you’re convinced you know the true story of what happened in the locked hotel room, as well as the identity of the killer, the film deftly takes extremely unexpected turns resulting in a stunning finale. This film is a brilliant thriller with phenomenal performances and stellar storytelling delivered at a breakneck pace, making it a sensational, thrilling, and unmissable murder mystery.

Movie rating: 5/5

Darcy J. Skinner