• Mitchell Beaupre

    ★★★★ Watched by Mitchell Beaupre 15 Apr, 2014

    Not many directors are capable of mastering as wide an array of genres as Joon-ho Bong; even fewer have managed to do them all over the course of one film. Without missing a step in pacing or narrative momentum, Mother is a riveting mystery thriller, a layered character drama, a stunning exploration on the lengths a mother will go in order to protect her son, a grim, disturbing work of horror and a riotous, utterly insane dark comedy as only…

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  • Johnny Clyde

    ★★★½ Watched by Johnny Clyde 13 Apr, 2014

    better than good but not great

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  • Chevalier

    ★★★★½ Added by Chevalier

    Bong's best film? yep, you heard me. Well, it's right there with Memories of Murder. Both movies understand that what makes a murder mistery interesting to watch is not the resolution, but the road it travels with the characters.

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  • Matt

    ★★★½ Watched by Matt 05 Apr, 2014

    Mother is a very well done crime film. Although I thought the first third dragged a bit and a few characters were annoying I enjoyed it a lot more after it picked up the speed and mother left her son in jail while hastily looking for the real murderer.
    It becomes more intriguing the longer it goes and I thought the ending was nicely done. The last 20 minutes or so which wrap it all up and close the show…

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  • Paskalis Damar

    ★★★★ Watched by Paskalis Damar 31 Mar, 2014

    The director of The Host (2006) and Snowpiercer (2013), Bong Joon-ho, makes a real smooth yet frustrating investigation movie based on an actual case of serial murders in South Korea as he lets the audiences get frustrated and desperate to follow the effort of local detectives (played by Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung) with their views of things to solve this case.

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  • fatpie42

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by fatpie42 28 Apr, 2013

    While Chan-Wook Park (or is it Park Chan-Wook. People seem really inconsistent on this) is getting a lot of attention for his work, with Spike Lee working on a remake of his film "Oldboy", the Korean director who really stands out for me is Joon-Ho Bong.

    Bong first got my attention with his movie "The Host" which actually ended up being my first ever movie review on livejournal. First time around I, oddly enough, found the contrast between the central…

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  • Owen Hughes

    ★★★★ Watched by Owen Hughes 24 Mar, 2014

    Having seen the flood of Snowpiercer reviews coming in this weekend, a film I am so eager to watch I have actually pre-ordered the bluray from France (for £25!!), I had an urge to watch the DVD of Bong Joon-ho's film "Mother" that has been sitting on my shelf for the past few months. I figured it was about time I got around to it.

    And, as with almost every other review on here, I concur! It is a very…

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  • Dnl Crnll

    ★★★★ Added by Dnl Crnll

    The dancing mother scene is so sly and hypnotic. Loved it.

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  • M4h0n3

    ★★★★★ Added by M4h0n3

    Dark murder mystery
    Interesting plot with amazing cinematography

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  • Mark Barrett

    ★★★★ Watched by Mark Barrett 03 Mar, 2014 2

    I was eagerly looking forward to seeing this after seeing Bong Joon-ho's other film Memories of Murder. The film has won many awards and nominations including an award for Best Film at the 2010 Asian Film Awards.

    The story centres around a mother of a simple young man who many call retarded. The son ends up being charged with the murder of a young girl and is easily manipulated into signing a confession. Mother is certain that her son is…

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  • Derek0810

    ★★★★ Watched by Derek0810 05 Mar, 2014

    "If they hit you once..."
    "Hit them back twice"

    I've recently been on director Bong Joon-Ho's extraordinary filmography run lately, with one great film after another and 'Mother' is no different, albeit a little tone-down beast.

    Continuing his fine form after the masterpiece that is 'Memories of Murder', Joon-Ho's signature dark-comic timing is still peppered throughout (that funeral scene being the major laugh-out-loud sequence and I know how inappropriate it is to even type that sentence) and the film-making style…

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  • kylegarvey

    ★★★★½ Added by kylegarvey

    Slick and goofy drama, to hair-raising dark comedy, to discomforting and amazing passion picture. 2009's MOTHER is a South Korean film about the undying and weird devotion of a widow to her mildly retarded son. From a small-minded but nicely-crafted little problem-dramedy, it spins out into a darker, richer, more elaborate thriller.

    Kim Hye-ja, a veteran Korean actress, plays an unnamed middle-aged widow living alone in a sleepy S. Korean town. She makes a living dealing in unlicenced acupuncture and…

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