Movie Night: Oldboy


I think you guys know by now that I'm drawn to movies about revenge. I'm not really sure why - I don't really hold grudges, but maybe it's because I'm fascinated by people whose desire for vengeance drives them to go through so much. This week, I watched Oldboy. 

Directed by South Korean director, Chan-Wook Park, Old boy is a 2004 movie about a man who was abducted and imprisoned in a hotel room with no contact with any other human being, including his captor, for 15 years. His only connection to the outside world is a TV. One day, out of the blue, the man is released from his prison without explanation. The man embarks on a quest to find his captor and take is revenge.


I think that this movie is quite interesting in its cinematography. There's a scene where the man beats up a bunch of gangsters with a hammer and the whole shot is kind of Zack Snyder-esque. One continuous take, similar to a side scrolling "beat 'em up" game for a glorious action sequence that was unlike anything I've seen before.
What I particularly liked about this movie is how it delves so deeply into the main character. He doesn't talk much, but you always know why he does what he does - he's angry at this captor, sad that he was unable to be there for his family, and frustrated that he basically lost 15 years of his life. This movie is all about revenge, but it's also about the cost of vengeance and the monsters that we become - even if we deserve it.

Anyways if you haven't seen the movie, I definitely encourage you guys to go check it out. But be warned - it's not for weak stomachs. This movie is currently available on Netflix if you have it. 

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