Saturday, March 6, 2010

Bong Joon-Ho's "Mother" at Landmark Theatres : Mar 12 - Apr 18

Bong Joon-Ho's newest finally comes to the Landmarks! Rented this one at Scarecrow many months ago,
and am enthused to see it on the big(ger) screen. This is the director of the campy/disturbing noir-detective
tale "Memories of Murder" and the family drama/mutated giant tadpole flick "The Host" again back in the realm
of detective/crime/murder drama with "Mother", but the spin this time is rather than bungling bureaucracy; we
have sexual predation (and murder) of underclass teenagers by the the local community being overlooked by
the inept prefectural police department. The protagonist, in an attempt to prove her son's innocence in being
implicated in these crimes stumbles on the whole twisted circle of events and attempts through single-minded
determination to take it on as a concerned (read; absolutely obsessed) Mother. One of the better crime investi
-gation/police corruption/class struggle plot-twisting thrillers of some years. The single-mindedness of the
titular protagonist under the direction of Bong alone (as played by Kim Hye-Ja), is something to behold!

Link to Landmark Theatres "Mother" site

Link to Magnolia Pictures official "Mother" site