Oldboy ★★★

The problem with Oldboy is that instead of being an exciting or emotionally gratifying revenge thriller, it becomes cumbersome when it tries to be profound and philosophical—containing a confusing, ineffective narrative that does not translate its ideas well into film. It is also morally unsound, and while its story does not seem to be justified for the film’s message, even the excellent performances are overshadowed by a confusing plot and an unsurprising twist, which is a crucial mistake in a film that relies so heavily on its reveal.

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