Well we’ve imported some good creepy Korean horror, so it’s probably about time we imported some of their thrillers too. Mother follows a mother (oh, sorry, should have had a spoiler warning there) whose son is several fries short of a Happy Meal and is railroaded into a conviction for the murder of a local teenage girl. His mother takes notes from OJ and goes searching for the real killer and along the way suspenseful hijinks ensue.
Mother made a good impression at Cannes and has been selected as South Korea’s official entrant for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s the latest from Bong Joon-ho, who also wrote The Host, which Dustin quite liked. Here’s the trailer for Mother:
It has a nice atmosphere to it, dark and creepy, but with the echo of reality instead of fantasy. The basic plot is right off of Lifetime, but cliched plots get that way because at some point they were so interesting that people decided to make them over and over again. And if it makes a splash, maybe we can get the remake in two years dumbed down and with a blond in the lead.