Directed by Park Chan-wook
I have loved revenge stories ever since I read Count of Monte Cristo in high school. Now we have this and Kill Bill coming up! My blood lust should be sufficiently satisfied between these two films.
A lot of the brilliance of this movie comes from its innovative twists that would make M. Night Shyamalan himself tight in the pants. Therefore, I will keep the summary short and vague. In 1988, Oh Dae-su is arrested for public drunkenness, which causes him to miss his daughter's fourth birthday. His friend Joo-hwan picks him up from the police station and the pair go to a phone booth to call home. While Joo-hwan is on the phone, Dae-su is kidnapped and held in a sealed hotel room. From the television set he learns that his wife was murdered and that he is the prime suspect. Aside from that information, Dae-su has no idea who is holding him hostage or why.
I feel like many Hollywood action films take are rather condescending to their audiences. I suppose this makes sense, as the appeal of the genre is often its' mindlessness. But this is actually a smart movie; I particularly enjoyed the parallels between this and a certain Greek tragedy that shall remain nameless for anti spoiler purposes.
The octopus scene was fairly disgusting, although I have a theory about its purpose. Unfortunately, I can't reveal what my theory is, as it would constitute another spoiler. Good review right?
Four live octopodes were eaten for the scene at the sushi bar. Gross.
Body count of 7 (onscreen).