Why do I dig this so much? Partly because it's a genre movie that hardly plays any story beat the conventional way, but also because of the blend of tones (surprise comedy), the care it gives to its characters, and the way its structure is a tour through societal and bureaucratic insanity where institutions keep getting it wrong. That our survivors talk over the TV man's explanation at the end is a sardonic joy.
idk why i didn't have a review for this but can i just explicitly say - anti-american sentiment, anti-american military presence, anti-US interventionism, inspired by actual histories of chemical spills by the US military in korea. it's not just a monster movie and it's not just blind politics.
A Thoughtful social satire, An uncanny comical essence, strong characterization, superb acting performance, deep and melancholic family drama. How can someone has all those things in one package? especially from a biological sci-fi thriller? Well Bong Joon-Ho does that. A thrilling and very well-crafted cinematic experience.
Bong Joon-ho is a master of two genres: the action film, and the dark comedy. In this film, his most famous, he uses both styles to brilliant effect, creating a monster movie full of engaging action and whip-smart wit to accompany it. It isn’t his best film, but it comes pretty close, as it has everything that makes his films great. A fun and exciting piece in the director’s filmography.