July Blind Spot Review: Oldboy (2003)

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“Your gravest mistake wasn’t failing to find the answer. You can’t find the right answer if you ask the wrong questions.”
– Woo-jin Lee

SYNOPSIS: After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. – via IMDB

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GRADE 4Okay, unpopular opinion time, folks! I didn’t like this movie. At all. I know that it has a huge fan base and people love it and they have praised it from here to Kingdom Come, but I didn’t like it one little bit. I am surprised because, contrary to popular opinion, I actually liked the remake of this, so I was sure I was going to like the original. How sorely mistaken I was. I will have to rewatch the remake again sometime to compare the two films, but I definitely preferred the remake. Oldboy was an uncomfortable watch from the beginning, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the annoying score, I didn’t like the horrible camera work, I didn’t like the sick and awkward sex scene, I didn’t like that goddamn octopus scene in the manky restaurant… obviously this list can go on and on. I found so much of this film to be unsavoury and undignified, and I didn’t like one moment of it. I have no idea why this film has been lauded by so many. I had issues with the pacing, the tone, the way it was shot and how it looked, as well as what I am assuming was supposed to be humour laced throughout. Maybe this is because I don’t really understand most Asian cultures – this is true, for sure. Maybe it is because I am not interested in Asian cultures whatsoever, and never have been. I know that sounds terrible. Most of the world is fascinated by the East, but I am not at all, just doesn’t tickle my fancy. It’s not even the fact that this is a subtitled film that irritates me, because I love watching foreign movies, or subtitled films – especially when they are good. This was not, and I would not recommend it to anyone. Ever. I know, contrary to popular opinion, but I really disliked this movie, and will in no which way be looking into it again. Waste of my time, really. Ick.

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25 thoughts on “July Blind Spot Review: Oldboy (2003)

  1. Tom says:

    Ya know, it’s weird. Sometimes when people have such a surprising/different reaction to something, whether it’s popular or not, I am more drawn in to that movie if I haven’t yet seen it for myself. I think this is another one! A shame it didn’t work on any level for you thoigh, it’s hard to get those 2 hours of your life back. It’s impossible, actually. Haha

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    • Zoë says:

      I totally agree with you there – then your interest is really piqued! Ugh, I cannot get over how much I disliked this one o.O and I really liked the remake. I will never get them back ;(

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      • Tom says:

        Hey if nothing else and I end up in the same boat as you with my dislike, I can maybe go on yet another famous Rant of mine. 😉 I usually always generate more site traffic when my posts are really on the negative side lol

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  2. The Vern says:

    I hated the remake but I respect your thoughts and you gave good reasons why you disliked the original. There are movies that everyone loves I don’t. Lord of The Rings(good,not great) Game of Thrones(1st episode kinda bored me)

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    • Zoë says:

      Differing opinions make everything so much more interesting! I really thought I’d like this more because I liked the remake already.

      xD I am a HUGE fan of The Lord of the Rings, but Game of Thrones lost its mojo ages ago, there I can agree.

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  3. vinnieh says:

    This is definitely one of those movies that gets under your skin. I thought it was very good, but I respect your opinion Zoe. And I know quite a few people who aren’t fans of this film.

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    • Zoë says:

      I must admit that I am not big on Asian cinema, and this one didn’t work for me. I know it is massively loved by a lot of people, I just didn’t get it.

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