just got from the Advanced Screening of "Stoker" awhile ago from Robinsons Movieworld and i must say that i loved it (while my friend hated it coz she found it so sick, i told her after the movie to see Oldboy but said no, hahaha)
those who are not familiar with how sick some Korean psycho-thrillers could ever get would get the shock of their lives like my friend. and i don't think i have to spoil some of them for you, some of those are already suggested at the trailer.
there are times where watching this film felt so much like watching a Korean thriller except that the only Koreans in this film are the director and some crew if you saw the opening credits and the cast consisted of Caucasians which means eliminating the "need to read the movie". it works for the movie's advantage and you simply have to brace yourself for whatever crazy sh!t is bound to happen knowing that as early as the first 15 minutes of the movie, you get the gist that the widowed mother is not the only psychologically unstable among the characters.
the long shots are nice that they should have done away with the shaky cam treatment. besides the performances that the cast dished out are brilliant. it's like imagine seeing some psychologically disturbed people who try their darnest to act normal (at least, they try) but fail because the people around them could see how unstable are they. that's how i perceived, India, her mother and Charlie turned out to be.
colorful cinematography that complimented the subliminal use of musical scoring and nuanced performances that looked like suppressed boiling kettles (on the brink of bursting), i enjoyed the film. i know my movie companion would call me sick in the head for saying it but perhaps i am like India who get attracted to the sick and disturbing without knowing totally why