• Lee Towler

    ★★★★ Watched by Lee Towler 22 Jan, 2015

    Accidental double-bill of thrillers based around child murder and unresolved mother issues - thanks for picking that out for me, Lovefilm.

    If you have seen the film already then I'd recommend checking out Tony Zhou's video on the use of telephoto profile shots in Mother. It certainly gives an entirely new perspective on the film, but the video does contain huge spoilers so tread lightly. Same applies to what I'm writing here.

    This likely has the strangest and most tantalising…

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  • Tim Lawrence

    ★★★★½ Added by Tim Lawrence

    A superb, harrowing, frustrating thriller that builds to a pitch-black ending.

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  • Filmmad

    ★★★★ Watched by Filmmad 19 Jan, 2015

    Excellent South Korean drama about a Mother who will go to extreme lengths to clear her son of murder.

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  • Raghav

    ★★★★½ Added by Raghav

    Stunning movie!!!One of my clear favs!!!

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  • Varghese Eapen

    ★★★½ Watched by Varghese Eapen 14 Jan, 2015

    Memories of Murder,The Host

    I loved these two movies immensely.But this was a let down of sorts.The acting by Kim Hye‑ja is splendid from start to finish..My main complaint was that it drags especially in the second act..The direction is weak and the tone of the movie is inconsistent!The actions of one particular character are questionable..it starts off well loses steam and ends with a bang!!

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  • Shaun Munro

    ★★★★ Watched by Shaun Munro 13 Jan, 2015

    Though it covers a lot of the same ground as Memories of Murder, Mother is another engrossing and grimly funny crime drama from Joon-ho Bong.

    The twisty third act is particularly great, ending the film on a darkly ironic note.

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  • YOORI

    ★★★★ Watched by YOORI 03 Jan, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    반전이 없는게 반전...... 범인은 원빈이었음;;;; 마더가 원빈이 범인이 아닌줄알고 단서를 좇다가 유력한 범인 후보인 사람을 찾아갔는데 목격잔거.. 죽임; 그리고 불태웠는데 거기서 침을 발견함 출소한 원빈이.. 마더는 놀라고 영화내내 언급됐던 걱정과 근심을 없애주는 자리에 스스로 침을 놓고 버스에서 춤을 추면서 끝남.. 뭔가 암시하는 장치같은것도 많고 영화 연출이 진짜 쩐다는걸 느낌.. 봉준호... 필모보니까 조명에서부터 시작했던데.. 역시 사람일은 한치앞을 모르는거구낭.. 암튼 재밌었음!

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  • Noah Kim

    ★★★★★ Added by Noah Kim

    If there's any doubt that the quality of filmmaking in Korea has significantly raised the bar over the past decade, perhaps Mother, the superbly crafted thriller from Bong Joon-Ho, will quiet the skeptics. And what a decade it's been for Korean films; it's no coincidence that names like Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki Duk, Im Kwon Taek, Hong Sang Soo and the aforementioned Bong are now attached to high-profile festival circuits and some are even helming big Hollywood projects.

    The premise…

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  • joelhwa

    ★★★ Watched by joelhwa 08 Sep, 2012

    6/10: Director Joon-ho Bong's (Memories of Murder (2003) and The Host (2006) fame), latest effort is a character-driven crime mystery. Its plot is...

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  • Nick

    ★★★★★ Added by Nick

    Mother is, simply, one of the best suspense thrillers I have ever seen. It has everything: an intriguing mystery, bizarre characters, a masterfully-crafted plot, and a story that will keep you guessing desperately the entire way through.

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  • Vincent Lao

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Vincent Lao 05 Dec, 2014

    Korean cinema at its best. Bong Joon-ho's bold, ingeniously crafted character-driven mystery-thriller is certainly one of Bong's finest masterpieces, and arguably one of the best mystery-thriller films to came out of the 21st century. It is a clever, suspenseful, and darkly humorous tale about maternal ferocity. Bong fleshes her character with sufficient layers, and pathos making her not your ordinary maternal heroine.

    Veteran Korean thesp Kim Hye-ja delivers a phenomenal, knockout performance as the titular heroine who fearlessly and desperately…

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  • film|captures

    ★★★½ Rewatched by film|captures 02 Dec, 2014

    The black and white version is the way to go.

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