based on a Japanese manga series written by Garon Tsuchiya and
illustrated by Nobuaki Minegishi, about a man who is suddenly imprisoned
in solitary confinement for many years without any apparent reason and
then released just as suddenly after which he must find out who
imprisoned him and why.
being made into a 2003 South Korean film, for some unknown reason Spike
Lee thought it should be made in an American version, which says volumes
about Spike Lee’s taste. Lee’s version is unremittingly depressing and
irresponsibly violent. One woman ran out of my screening after about a
half hour. My guest finally bolted after about 45 minutes.
film is replete with physical and psychological torture. Josh Brolin,
the formerly imprisoned man, is shown painting a dotted line on the neck
of Samuel L. Jackson and then shown graphically cutting off pieces of
physical torture takes a second place to the psychological creepiness of
the story. Critics had to sign a statement almost in blood, restricting
reviews. This is insulting and obviously unenforceable. A studio is
really going to sue a film critic for publishing criticism? I guess they
are concerned about spoilers because they think the plot is so shocking
it shouldn’t be revealed. I don’t have to give plot points or twists to
say that about this film because I think this entire film is
movie is obscenity, pure and simple. It has no redeeming social value.
Shame on the MPAA for not giving it the NC-17 rating it deserves (and
which is generally reserved only for graphic sex scenes; the MPAA
apparently feels that graphic torture scenes on film are OK, but show
intercourse and you get the death penalty!)
the sickest thing about Lee’s movie is that he pictures the children who
are victims of incest as enjoying and looking forward to the sex.
creates some of the most ridiculous fight scenes ever filmed. Brolin
vanquishes gangs of ten or more attackers several times, fighting alone
with virtually no weapons. Not since Sampson slew 1,000 Philistines with
the jawbone of an ass has there been such a man as Brolin in this film.
It quickly becomes comical. This is worse than a comic book.
is no earthly reason to actually pay money to sit through this debasing
November 17, 2013