Park Chan-Wook's spellbinding US debut


Oldboy director Park Chan-Wook’s US debut is an evocative oddity: a noir-ish, not-quite horror styled as a Douglas Sirk pastiche and Hitch(cock)ed to the plot of Shadow Of A Doubt. 

Matthew Goode plays the mysterious Uncle Charlie, whose arrival raises the temperature of icy widow Nicole Kidman and her grieving daughter Mia Wasikowska. 

The plot boils so many pots it should be a congealed, tasteless stew, but Park’s direction – all snaking camerawork and hypnotic editing – nails the unique fusion.

The film’s ravishing poise is kept up even as the Freudian freakshow erupts in trademark violence.


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    • diegomorales

      Jun 21st 2013, 16:30

      I watched this with great anticipation due to the high rating here and in other mags.What an anticlimax, it beggars belief that such a pile of steaming cowdung could achieve such a high rating. Four stars my nilly, barely a one star if that. Never have I had the misfortune of watching such a derivative, incoherent, poorly acted and frankly pointless script. The worst thing about it is that it is as boring as watching paint dry. I rarely post on these blogs but felt obliged to, to warn people off watching this c***p. Seems to be a critics darling but looking at the boxoffice I think most people would agree with me.

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