• NVercelletto

    ★★★★ Watched by NVercelletto 27 Nov, 2015

    Well-acted, well-shot, and well-directed Mother is a great example of a drama/thriller done right even if it takes a little while to get going.


  • Siobahn Medoc

    ★★★★ Watched by Siobahn Medoc 19 Nov, 2015

    Well-paced mystery centered around a mother's unconditional love for her child, desiring to protect him at any cost. Serious drama is not without humor and moments of lightness, and is laden with small details that pay off later. Typically lovely cinematography for Bong Joon-ho, as well his usual quirky moments. Excellent, nuanced performance by Kim Hya-Je. Everyone deserves a mother like this one.


  • Patrick Mulcahy

    ★★★★½ Watched by Patrick Mulcahy 13 Nov, 2015

    When her son (Won Bin) is arrested for a crime he appears not to having committed, the murder of a young girl, a mother investigates on his behalf.

    Lawyers with loose morals, acupuncture, a juvenile delinquent friend, damage to a Mercedes Benz and home cooking all feature in this gripping film from Korean director Bong Joon-Ho with a strong central performance from Kim Hye-Ja as the flawed mother who can't bear to let her adult son out of her sight, even when she is chopping herbs - ouch!


  • Matthew Mulcahy

    ★★★★½ Watched by Matthew Mulcahy 13 Nov, 2015

    Considering this was his follow-up to 2006's chemical warfare monster romp The Host, you'd be surprised at how FX-lite and rather low-key co-writer-director Bong Joon-ho's precursor to Snowpiercer is. But then you'd also be surprised at how equally engaging, enthralling and enigmatic his uniquely constructed narrative is, honing in on a persistent yet emotionally grounded matriarch (Kim Hye-ja, who can only be described as the Korean Meryl Streep) as she tries to unravel the cause of a sudden death that…


  • forresttiffany

    Watched by forresttiffany 11 Nov, 2015

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

    I don't know enough film grammar to know if Bong Joon-Ho's style is aping somebody else's. So I'll just say I think he's the shit. I've seen almost every movie he's made and they are all balls to the wall wire-to-wire 3 Point Slam Dunks. This is like the kinda movie that an old filmmaker would make years into their career where they're just like, "Okay fuck it, just let's fuckin' widdle this movie down to the sharpest, most effective…


  • Paul Zoccolillo

    ★★★★ Added by Paul Zoccolillo

    (Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)


  • Tarnished_Angel

    Added by Tarnished_Angel

    Holy cow! I had no idea what to expect, but it teased expectations out of me that it would then squash or coil into sinewy story threads, all while scorch-earthing its accumulated themes and tropes and sprouting up more challenging/compelling ones in their place. One of the greatest of all whodunnits, and whodunnit? A genius named Bong who I will follow to the end of my days.


  • Eugene McCrann

    ★★★ Added by Eugene McCrann

    For all Bong's clashing tones and unwieldy plotting this still feels like a step back for him, as if the routine whodunit at its center (particularly when Mother's going full detective) kept its tentacles in him just enough to withstand total unbalance. Not to say that it's programmed - Bong's controlled, never predictable - but it does feel like a retread of certain ideas he's explored more dutifully, including Korea's archaic investigative techniques undressing a community's sensitive history. Worth it…


  • Ben Lott

    ★★★★ Watched by Ben Lott 01 Oct, 2015

    Mother is the story of a boy who is accused of murder and his mother's struggle to set him free. This was a really powerful story that had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning. It has some extremely intense moments and Bong Joon-Ho is an expert at using the music, lighting, and shot selection to add to the tension. What captivated me in this film was the way it blended different styles of story-telling. At times…


  • Wesley Emblidge

    ★★★½ Watched by Wesley Emblidge 19 Oct, 2015

    Whenever I have reservations about Bong's films it tends to do with the comedy, so no surprise that the one with the most comedy would be my least favorite so far (opening scene and everything about Do-joon typifies this). But that makes it sound like I hated this, far from it, Bong in mystery mode really works for me, which means it's really time I got around to Memories of a Murderer.


  • JustinBateman

    ★★★★ Added by JustinBateman

    In a summer, nay, a general climate of sequels, remakes and banal rom-coms it's refreshing to see an original story which doesn't rely on star power or special effects. Okay, so maybe a subtitled film from South Korea won't be too everyone's liking but if you want good quality cinema sometimes you need to look a little further afield. Mother is one such gem.

    Do-joon is a young adult but has the mind of a child. He lives with his…


  • Michael

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Michael 09 Oct, 2015

    A mother sets out to keep her son from being convicted of the crime he's been charged with - by any means necessary. And, perhaps, regardless of his guilt or innocence.

    MOTHER examines a small two-person family through a decidedly Hitchcockian ordeal. Joon-ho Bong's previous movie THE HOST tested an extended family through the grinder of a monster movie. The two movies seem to share a theme of passionately devoted, though not necessarily healthy, families. It's an interesting theme to explore.