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Oldboy breaks into a classic three-act saga, the first of which details the hallucinatory period of imprisonment in which Oh Dae-Su wades from mild insanity to outright psychosis in the hands of unseen yet attentive captors. Act 2 is the revenge, when an entirely different tone takes over and Oh Dae-Su moves with single-minded purpose and clarity. It's this section that has gained the most notoriety, primarily for the claw-hammer dentistry scene, the one-man-army tracking shot, and the wriggling octopus that Oh Dae-Su consumes in a sushi bar (he's been dead so long he simply needs life back inside him in any way possible). In act 3, answers finally start to emerge and the sinister atmosphere grows even more profound--not without a healthy dose of extra bloodletting, of course. Oldboy is an undeniably poetic masterpiece of tension, fury, and dynamic craft. Ultimately, its epic cycle of tragedy is of the sort that mankind has been inflicting upon itself for all time. Some of the images may be gruesome, but all converge into a kind of beauty. It's in the telling of this lurid tale that these details become one and the memories of pain ultimately heal. --Ted Fry
This one hooks you instantly and never lets go.
Superb acting, stylish direction, and an action-packed yet thematically deep plot make this one a modern classic.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves movies in general. It doesn't come without some hard-hitting, possibly unnerving sequences though. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wesley A. Morin
This movie made me want to throw up! I so regret buying this film and watching it in its entirety. It's a shame too, because it started off intriguing, but then it seems some one... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SouthernHummingbird
I heard it was interesting and well-done. I started watching. I found it vile and disgusting. I should have known, once I read that Quentin Tarentino “raved about it”. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karl Weaver
I'm being generous with two stars. I thouroghly disliked the film, although it was a decently crafted movie I feel misled and I hated the story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by soundstudio
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|See this before America steals it||
You know what would be awesome? If people stoped categorizing America. We all aren't douchebags and it's not like the american audience decided to band together and have this movie remade, no it was the higher ups in hollywood with all the money, and to everyone that is so quick to blame... Read More
Jan 15, 2007 by Nicholas P. Buzalka | See all 10 posts
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I agree. Why can't anyone just leave this movie alone?
And seriously? Will Smith? This isn't a feel good movie you see with your girlfriend! Know your place, Smith and Speilberg!
Apr 5, 2009 by Album | See all 9 posts
|What about this Blu-Ray release?||
The bluray of Oldboy is pretty definitive in that it's the only domestic release to date of Chanwook Park's original Korean Region 3 DVD transfer, contrary to the subsequent re-releases and domestic DVD releases. Originally the transfer had a greenish tint with heavy grains, print damage, a... Read More
Aug 3, 2008 by Andrew Kotwicki | See all 3 posts
I doubt they will... because they released the Oldboy collector's edition... but they're supposed to be remaking the movies... so maybe they'll rerelease the originals in a greater fashion.
There are two sets, that I know of, released in the UK. There is the REALLY BIG set, which I've always... Read More
Aug 19, 2008 by Andrew M. Wolf | See all 3 posts