Review: Moebius

Moebius Directed by Kim Ki-duk, Moebius is the latest South Korean import that fits somewhere between the genres of extreme thriller and extreme horror, or at least it tries to fit there. An uncomfortable film more than anything else, Ki-duk’s dialogue absent 90 minute film shows the emotional damage that can happen to a father and son when a horrendous event happens to them. The film starts out with a physical fight that goes on between a husband and wife over accusations of infidelity. This odd moment is seen by their son who clearly is just emotionally distraught by the entire event. Later that evening the husband goes out and has sex with another woman and both the son and the wife find out. This causes the wife to have what one could only call a psychotic episode and attempts to cut off her husband’s penis. He wakes up to fight her off and successfully keeps himself intact. Unfortunately, the wife in her fit of bizarre rage decides that her son, who she has seen masturbating, deserves this punishment as well. She is successful in her attempt to sever his manhood. Laying on his bed screaming and bleeding profusely, the son is rushed to the hospital by his father while the mother simply walks away. At this point, I was sure this movie was going to go in a certain direction, and I could not have been more incorrect.

There is so much that happens after this point that I hesitate to tell you much more for sake of ruining the “surprise.” There are moments of mutual masturbation that are NOT, I repeat NOT, common to anyone. Director Kim Ki-duk tries desperately to make you scream and squeal while watching these grotesque scenes. I am a true advocate for the suspension of disbelief during film watching, but sometimes things can go a bridge too far. I have never seen a film that was so careless with how humans actually interact. There is more care in the average Hollywood parody movie towards human development and interaction than we see here. Moebius was presented as a movie that will have people running from the theater in horror. This isn’t the case, you may leave halfway through but its likely that you just think the movie is awful, which it is. I’ve seen many worthwhile brutal South Korean films that make me cringe in the way it was intended. However, Moebius, was just so bad that at times I literally said “you have got to fucking kidding me?”

I wish I could say that I don’t want you to see this movie, but I actually really think you should. Why? For the simple reason that this movie should destroy the notion of talking in hyperbolic phrases when reviewing movies in the future. Film criticism requires nuance in language to truly convey meaning in a substantial way. The subtlety of language matters so much in how we describe the things we’ve seen. With all that being said, this is LITERALLY one of the worst movies I have even seen. Abysmal in story telling, a completely nonsensical plot, and a resolution that makes as much sense as standing outside with a metal pole during a lightning storm. The title Moebius implies a neverending loop, but in the end that title is the exact opposite of what happens. I am not sure the director read up on what a moebius strip is but he probably should.


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