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Moebius (Film) Review

 
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Length: 89 minutes
 
Release Date: October 2014
 
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It is the very definition of unpredictable, and I can guarantee you won't see any of it coming.

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Final Fiendish Findings?

I’m…so very confused. Moebius is a dark film that really pushes the limits, on pretty much everything. It’s a South Korean film, but you don’t have to worry about anything being lost in translation, because there are no lines or speech to speak of. In our modern times, the idea of a film where no […]

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Posted October 31, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

I’m…so very confused.

Moebius is a dark film that really pushes the limits, on pretty much everything. It’s a South Korean film, but you don’t have to worry about anything being lost in translation, because there are no lines or speech to speak of. In our modern times, the idea of a film where no one speaks a word, but actions and expressions speak volumes, it’s an interesting approach to storytelling that is mostly effective in getting the story across to viewers.

While a lack of audio isn’t the problem, you are still likely going to be shaking your head and wondering “What the heck is going on?” pretty much through the entire film. This is a story that pretty much pushes every single envelope, and then pushes a little more. It’s about a family – husband, wife, teenaged son – who are in turmoil. Distraught at her husband’s unfaithfulness, the wife attempts the unthinkable – castration. While she doesn’t succeed in taking her husband’s manhood, she gets her vengeance anyway by unmanning her son, and then just takes off into the night.

Father and son are left to navigate a completely foreign world. Though he is for the most part stoic and silent (obviously), the son struggles with rage at what has been done to him, as well as feelings of desire with no physical release available to him. The father, meanwhile, is pretty much obsessed with penises, googling everything from transplants to achieving orgasm without one – the results of which lead to some extremely messed up scenes as the film progresses.

The mistress, jilted unceremoniously by her former lover, soon sets her sights on his son. Attempts at seduction are understandably complicated by his lack of the necessary equipment, but twisted ways can be found – and others brought in as well, whether they like it or not. I’ll be honest, it’s some pretty twisted stuff, often leaving you with head cocked and a half horrified/half confused look on your face as you try to figure out how any of this could possibly be okay, in any realm of the imagination. But just when you think you have a handle on Moebius’ brand of crazy, Mom comes back on the scene. And then – things get weird.

It’s hard to pinpoint an audience for a film like Moebius. It’s very arty, with its silent film approach and dark subject matter. But it’s also just really disturbing, and not in a good way. If you are the type who likes to test the limits – of propriety, of good taste, of what constitutes entertainment – you certainly will find that Moebius does that well. Other than the shock value (and there is a lot of that), there just doesn’t seem to be much more to it, and the average viewer will find themselves far more horrified than entertained.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)