Movie #12 I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK
(2006, S. Korea, d. Park Chan-wook)
Well this moment had to come. The first movie that I wasn’t all too crazy about. Having made his “Vengeance Trilogy” and “JSA”, Park Chan-Wook, one of my top 5 favorite directors, made a “romantic comedy” (that’s how it was marketed) about a girl who thinks she’s a cyborg. Imagine Amelie in a mental institution and you’ll get a taste of the movie. Since stylistically the two movies are so similar, it’s hard not to compare. But Amelie is the far superior film of the two. Don’t get me wrong: This movie has its moments of pure genius, the direction is superb, the vision is beyond anything you’ve seen before, and the characters are inspired. The story, however, just didn’t seem to move the audience along. I kept glancing at the clock. Although I do feel this deserves a second viewing of mine (one in which I’m more attentive), the moments of pure character inspired and brilliant situations the movie finds itself in occasionally are just not enough to save the lackluster pacing and plot of – unfortunately – Chan-Wook’s worst film.
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