Saturday, April 25, 2009

Viewing Journal: 4/24/2009

THE HOST
(2006 dir. Bong Joon-ho) 2nd Viewing: April 24 2009
Rating:*****
5 out of 5 stars

A dynamic & thrilling monster movie for the post-Sars virus post-9/11 international community. The narrative, once set into motion, has an intoxicating fable quality about it. I always find it to be one of the more absorbing pieces of hybrid cinema from this decade. Writer/director Bong Joon-ho juggles the diverse tones of extreme horror, humor, and dramatic humanism shockingly well. He's is in my opinion one of the most talented and accessible of Korean filmmakers to come around in a long while, and after BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE (2000), MEMORIES OF MURDER (2003) and this, it's safe to say he's a visionary we should all keep close eyes on.

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