During my reviews I have frequently praised films that have had the power to move me. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ made me cry and ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ still makes me laugh years after seeing it (and at the most unexpected of times). Whether it be tears of joy brought on by ‘The Intouchables‘ or a new moral perspective found during ‘12 Angry Men‘, I’ve learned that the power of film can be immense.
‘Oldboy’, however, moved me in a way that no other film has moved me.
‘Oldboy’… made me want to throw up.
I literally had to fight back the urge to vomit during one particular scene, and I’m still gagging a little as I type now. Vegetarians and animal lovers be warned… animals WERE harmed during this movie… and I may never eat calamari again.
This film is ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ meets ‘Memento’. Sadly, Andy and I are the only ones who won’t be enjoying the benefit of an erased memory. The images are permanently burned into our brains.
Dae-su Oh: I want to tell you my story… Die later.
If you like being shocked and you don’t have a fork and power outlet handy, watch this movie. If you like being shocked, then you would probably rate this movie a ’10’. The plot is unique and the story enjoys moments of light and shade. There are many, many reasons to like this film…
And many more reasons to hate it.
‘Oldboy’ also includes what is probably the worst Power Rangers-style fight scene of any movie I’ve ever seen. You know the type? Baddies surrounding the good guy, taking turns to come at him and and flailing about haphazardly while the good guy fends them off with precision, one-by-one. Appalling.
I struggled to rate this movie. How do you rate that which is technically sound but inspires in you feelings of disgust of the highest order?
In fairness, I have given the film a reluctant 6 pumpkins. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to watch ‘Gangnam Style’ on loop until I forget the horror of what I have just seen.
Have you seen ‘Oldboy’? Do you agree with my review? Let me know in the comments below.