Bong Joon-ho, 2009
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"One of the year's moviegoing musts. An impeccably realized murder mystery. A combination of dazzling cinematic craft, psychological insight, and black humor."—Salon.com
"By miles the best thriller I've seen this year. Riveting and darkly funny. Bong Joon-ho is a brilliant filmmaker and dazzling crowd pleaser. He’s the best new filmmaker to have emerged in the new millenium."—Vogue
"The first truly great movie of 2010 has arrived. It's the best Hitchcock movie in decades. Superbly composed set pieces, gut-wrenching suspense, psychologically complex guilt transferrals—it's all here."—L.A. Daily News
The latest film from award-winning Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host) is a unique murder mystery about a mother's primal love for her son. The mother is a devoted single parent to her simple-minded 27-year-old son, Do-joon. Often a source of anxiety to his mother, Do-joon behaves in foolish or simply dangerous ways.
One night, while walking home drunk, he encounters a school girl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead in an abandoned building, and Do-joon is accused of her murder. An inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force that looks no further than Do-joon combine to produce a speedy conviction. But his mother refuses to believe her beloved son is guilty, and she immediately undertakes her own investigation to find the girl's killer. In her obsessive quest to clear her son's name, the mother steps into a world of unimaginable chaos and shocking revelations. (128 mins., 35mm)