• Chopperfireball

    ★★★ Watched by Chopperfireball 20 Sep, 2014

    Not sure why this film is so well received. Certainly, there are good performances and good direction, but the film moves at a funereal pace. Quite why the audience are supposed to care about the batty mother/son relationship at the heart film was never established.


  • Adam Cadre

    ★½ Watched by Adam Cadre 25 Nov, 2011


  • David

    ★★★ Added by David

    There's technically nothing "wrong" with the movie. It's well-structured, nicely acted and it looks great. Even though the reveal at this end isn't necessarily a shock, it's more about the depths a mother will go for her son. Kim Hye-ja does a pretty swell job with her character's development over the course of the film. But, on the other hand, Bong Joon-Ho's need to toss in the dark, off-kilter humor distracts and occasionally undercuts the darker elements a little too…




    One of his weaker movies, really. Still delivers visually beautiful film, but it's just no match for his other work..


  • radiomanhead

    ★★★★ Added by radiomanhead

    ¿Que seria capaz de hacer una madre por su hijo?, bueno aquí tenemos una teoría de lo que podría pasar...... Una solida película que empieza siendo un drama y terminao convirtiéndose en un interesante thriller con unos giros de guion bastante interesantes.

    Me ha parecido que la mezcla de humor negro con thriller de suspenso a veces no funciona bien y debo decir que el personaje del hijo de la protagonista me ha sacado de quicio un par de veces…


  • eevade

    ★★★★ Watched by eevade 04 Sep, 2014

    Policemen are always incompetent in Korean movies...


  • Ingmar

    ★★★ Watched by Ingmar 29 Aug, 2014 1

    An interesting and extremely dark look at motherly love. The performance from Kim Hye-ja manages to make some of the more idiotic plot points believable, but still doesn't smooth out the entire script. Towards the end, the mother who gradually has become an anti-hero and rather dislikeable, performs an ultimately extreme and unbelievable action. If the story had built up her rage throughout, then perhaps we'd believe the climatic scene.

    Korean cinema is often known for tonal shifts, something that…


  • Azka

    ★★★ Watched by Azka 23 Aug, 2014

    I want to pull this acupuncture technique to forget some people... tips pls!


  • Harrison Miller

    ★★★★★ Watched by Harrison Miller 21 Aug, 2014

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


  • Zachary Zahos

    ★★★½ Watched by Zachary Zahos 15 Aug, 2014

    Man, does Bong pack a lot into his movies. Few filmmakers actively comment on politics through their stories, and even fewer muddy the hell out of said politics by leaving devastating effects tethered to numerous causes involving the good guys and bad. The morals in Bong's films are complicated, to say the least. I think that is one reason I am attracted to his work, and I am about 89% percent sure Bong earns that relativist stance by working with…


  • Daryl

    ★★★★ Watched by Daryl 11 Aug, 2014

    A great introduction into Korean cinema, a solid story which kept me thoroughly entertained and has now pushed me to watch more Bong Joon-ho or just more Korean films in general. Definitely worth a watch.


  • Nathan Smith

    Watched by Nathan Smith 11 Aug, 2014

    that bong joon-ho, tho