Monday, June 6, 2011

Oldboy (Oldeuboi)

Netflix sez...
2003 R 120 minutes
With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years -- and no one to hold accountable for his suffering -- a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors, relying on assistance from a friendly waitress. Korean director Chan Wook Park -- a former philosophy student and Hitchcock devotee -- uses his influences to create a mesmerizing psychological drama with a resolution that will leave you speechless.

The 73rd Virgin sez...
Terrible dub job on instant view. I am sure it would be 30% more enjoyable with subtitles. But what begins as a rather charmingly quirky and ultraviolent fantasy just keeps getting uglier and uglier. Without too many spoilers, the obsession with adolescent incest leads to compelling acting and a few unpleasant gasps as the story progresses, but ultimately a feeling of ickiness that does not seem strictly necessary or even earned.

Okay, it rattled my cage and some early fight scenes are great, but I didnt care to follow it all the places it took me. Call me a prude. For a more wrenching trip down a similar road, see Voyager with Sam Shepard. All the tragedy, none of the stupid music.

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