Oldboy is not your ordinary revenge story

1 Feb


Oldboy is the second installment, and most well-known in director Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy. It is considered one of the best films ever made, and has spawned an American remake to come out later this year.

Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-Sik) is imprisoned for 15 years in a room without knowing his captor’s motives, and then is abruptly released. He tries to find why he was imprisoned and exact vengeance on those responsible.

Chan-Wook’s direction is flawless. The pacing creates the right amount of suspense and intrigue. The silences are filled with subtext and the action sequences are some of the most memorable scenes in Asian cinema. There are moments that audiences must avert their eyes, but not for long because Choi Min-Sik’s unnerving will and the story’s plot twists make this film one of the most talked about movies in history. Every detail is perfect, even down to the infamous room’s wallpaper. Oldboy is not your ordinary revenge story.


Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: A+

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