From the guy that did OLD BOY and THIRST, I kind of expected more “meat” from Stoker. Sure, it’s good looking and stylish and pretty and not too long and well told and all of that stuff but I guess I was expecting a little bit more than a mopey eyed girl moping around for 99 minutes while her bizarre and pervy uncle moons over her. Also – SPOILER – I don’t really understand how her uncle was SO IN LOVE WITH HER that he would kill all of those people when he had never even met her. In fact, how did he even know she was alive? Did I miss something? Wait – now that I wrote that – why did her dad give her that key on her birthday for the first time ever instead of shoes?? What the hell? That doesn’t make any goddamned sense.
Did he know he was going to die or something?? If so – why would he go get his brother?? What the fuck? HRRRRRRRMMMMMMMMM. Wait a second. This doesn’t make a lick of sense. This movie LOOKS fantastic but the plot is………. kinda stupid. I bet if this was done by anyone else this probably would have gone straight to DVD.
Recently I shared my half written script for Raising Hell with my friend Biffer and he came back with some seriously awesome feedback. “You can leave all of those details in there, such as camera angles and tracking shots and flashbacks, but most people won’t read through that. That’s called a spec script and those are usually frowned upon.” He advised. “That type of shit is usually left up to the Director or DP.” I get the feeling that the script for this movie is pretty flimsy and what was good about this all came from Chan-wook Park (the director).
Oh well. This a BRILLIANT looking mystery / thriller with solid performances by the three leads but, if you think about this too long you might identify some serious plot questions and experience some that-doesn’t-make-any-fucking sense moments. Like SPOILER – why did this dude kill everyone, even his own mother and brother, to get to this person that he wouldn’t have known existed because he’s been locked away in a mental facility since he was a kid????