Those crazy really know how to make movies.
With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years — and no one to hold accountable for his suffering — a Dae-Su seeks revenge on his captors, relying on assistance from a friendly waitress. Korean director Chan Wook Park — a former philosophy student and Hitchcock devotee — uses his influences to create a mesmerizing psychological drama with a resolution that will leave you speechless.
Every time I look at all these blogger sites and I see their info, almsot everyone has Oldboy under their favorite movies spot. Me, I can say that I can’t disagree.
The film is a lot much more than what it appears to be. On the surface its a typical revenge thriller, and to me its about more. Its about living and how you shouldn’t take humanity for granted, cause you never know when it’s just going to all change. With its little philosophical undelines, the film reminded me of Fight Club, and how it was more about the society we live in rather than just the violence.
There are so many great and just plainly original scenes. This is a great directing job done here by Chan Wook Park, who really gives off a different style. The film is a noir, that is backed with little breaths of dark comedy, and so much bloody and gory action, that its astonishing. There are like these scenes that are just so memorable, probably the most memorable would be where Dae-Su has a hammer and just takes out like 30 guys and it’s really something to see in such a long take. Also, a lot of the action and violence happens for a reason and isn’t just put in there to show action, and Wook Park shows it in such a way that its so beautiful.
The film’s script also is what keeps the film highly original. It is packed with all these twists and turns that actually keep the story interesting and doesn’t leave you bored at all. It all feels real, and the way these characters talk, and act, all seem real and not put on for anything.
I watched this film with the corny English dubs, and it’s hard to say how great the acting was but from what I was seeing a lot of it was pretty god-damn emotional. Especially the guy who plays Dae-Su (Choi Min-sik), who from what I was seeing in his character was putting a whole bunch of heart and emotion into his performance by the very end.
The only problem with this film is its ambiguous ending. I didn’t like how Wook Park made us wonder about this ending becuase its so strange and different that I think through going through all that the viewer did, we should have gotten a better ending.
Consensus: Oldboy is an astonishing, full of originality, and well-acted, that goes past its revenge violent ways and delves into more deeper material about life and grace.