Lots has been said about this film. It is neither a classic nor a flop. After seeing this film last night I found it to be pretty decent. There's no reason to bash this film because it does deserve to be rated moderately. When rating a film I ask myself what is the film giving the audience and what is the message that the director is pushing across. In this film the message is not much smarter than your average horror flick, and the only feeling you have after seeing it is disgust. That's not really a bad thing, if it has direction. In films like `Seven' there is and it can be summed up really easy in the last sentences from Morgan Freeman. "The world is a beautiful place and worth fighting for. I agree with the last part." Because `Oldboy' lacks a message like this the whole film becomes an empty vessel.
That being say, it might be one of the best empty vessels created. 'Oldboy' has a very intriguing premise: A man has been locked up for 15 years in a private prison by unknown people. No reason has been given for this punishment. After he is finally released, he tries to find out who imprisoned him and what their motives are. The first part of the movie is very good. The plot is a little bizarre but you simply want to know what is going on.
I will say the photography is stunning, the editing is clever and the acting is at most parts really good. The story is smart, but becomes a little to smart at times. It's trying too much to live up to films like "Memento" or "Seven." With a better resolution of the plot and a slightly less playful style this could have been a complete winner. I will say `OldBoy' kept me entertain and didn't bore me one bit. Is worth watching for those who interested in this genre.