Sunday, May 08, 2005

review - Old Boy

Old Boy 4/5

Finally, another film with an edge to it!

Old Boy
is being remade by Hollywood and I suspect it will be successful. You wonder why this seemingly ordinary guy was locked up in solitary confinement for exactly 15 years...

After being released from an apartment-styled lockup, our hero finds himself being handed a call phone and book in order for his captor to provide him with clues to his captor's identity. Along the way, he falls in love with a beautiful young chef who takes in this seemingly homeless stranger, who agrees to help him figure out the mystery of his captor and imprisonment.

The answer will disturb some people, but if you enjoy suprises that cross moral boundaries, you may enjoy this subtitled Japanese psychological thriller. It's more than just an ultra-violent, raw revenge film. And you'll learn a new use for the ordinary household hammer.

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