All member reviews for Oldboy (2013)

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age 17+
 
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Teen, 17 years old Written byB-KMastah November 27, 2013
age 17+
 

Woefully unnecessary and powerless.

The Park Chan-wook original is arguably my favorite foreign film of all time, so when I first saw this trailer, I was 60% apprehensive and 40% interested. The original is a masterpiece because it's beautiful, sad, thought-provoking, and has a slightly ambiguous ending. This, however, changes what it shouldn't and keeps what ends up making it slightly awkward as an American film. There are small plot changes that are actually more graphic, and needlessly at that, but they also make the film shallower. There were people in my audience laughing because it was so odd at times, but that really isn't anyone's fault; cultural differences elicit different reactions, and this will definitely not work for the mainstream. If they did want the film to play better for others, then they should have revised the script. This version, even standing as itself without it being a remake, feels empty and woefully unnecessary. It just doesn't work at times. The main example is the recreation of the legendary hallway fight scene, which here feels suddenly cartoony and tongue in cheek, like something out of Kick-Ass. The ending and its reveal are skimmed over and changed a bit, making it seem more tasteless since it isn't handled as well, and just cementing its forgettable nature. The original's visual style and symbolism are lost, and there are very little thrills, no great characters, and no good dialogue.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byJacktheCool November 30, 2013
age 16+
 

Bad movie

Yuck man! So violent! And so many sex content. Don't watch it if your not 16 or up!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byStevie111 December 1, 2013
age 16+
 

Twisted but brilliant movie

Whoever wrote the story has to be brilliant the way everything came together. This is very brutal and there are some quite creative plot points
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byThePlatinumKnight February 15, 2014
age 17+
 

Graphic and Intense, not for kids...

Main character starts as a hard core alcoholic, but is able to quit. Intense and graphic torture seen was, well, intense... lots of heads getting bashed in, brains splattering, throats slit, stabbing, rapes, one rather graphic sex scene with lots of nudity. Father daughter sex... yuck! Language throughout. Dad will do anything to save his daughter... not for kids...
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking