Rating (3.0 out of 5)
Summary: After watching the film I stood up, shook my head and mumbled “Huh”. “Oldboy” contains all the elements of a Greek tragedy with a healthy dash of Korean action film mixed in. My mind flooded with thoughts, good and bad. Finally, as I eventually settled my mind, I realized “Oldboy” similar to my thoughts, was a giant jumble. While there were good aspects to the film, there were too many negatives to rate “Oldboy” higher than a 3.
Detail: The main character Dae-
The fight scenes are well choreographed and definitely a highlight of the film. Who doesn’t appreciate a man battling a mob with nothing but a hammer? He practiced fighting in his room each day, striking the concrete wall with his bare knuckles. When feeds, Dae-Su tests his skills on a young gang before getting involved in much larger scale battles. Dae-su did get hurt and struggled to continue onward, a refreshing vulnerable hero.
The movie hit full stride when Dae-
“Oldboy” employed an overly melodramatic acting style. The style seemed more appropriate for a 1960’s Italian film than a modern film. One moment Dae-Su is tough as nails the next he is a sniveling fool. I wanted a bit more consistency, especially from my hero.