Stoked by Park’s Stoker.


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Stoker, the first English film directed by Korean director Park Chan-Wook caught my attention in a matter of seconds with its trailer. This film deals with the psychology behind violence rather than violence itself, like Park’s previous films.

Plot by Rotten Tomatoes: After India’s (Mia Wasikowska) father dies in the car accident, her uncle Charlie who she never knew existed comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

The visuals are precise. The way the story unfolds really keeps you on the edge. The spiders add to the eeriness if the character Charlie Stoker played by Matthew Goode doesn’t. I literally gasped in awe at the scene of India combing her mum’s hair transforms to the paddy fields where India and her dad used to go hunting in. Park builds horror and suspense with his audience with simple and subtle images that leave you stoked.

India’s dad philosophy which India holds close to her, is by far my favourite line from the movie. “Sometimes you have to do something bad, to keep you from doing something worse.”

Be sure to enjoy this thriller by Park that blends together with a coming-of-age tale filled with psycho-sexual imagery and share my enthusiasm!

Credit to Hot Butter Review for the above image.

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