Okja ()

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Director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer) does something quite amazing with the $50 million budget Netflix gave him: he makes a simplistic movie.  But boy is it good. Okja tells the story of a “super pig” experimentation that sends genetically modified pigs to top farmers around the world. In Korea, a farmer’s granddaughter forms a special relationship with one of these super pigs (called Okja), only to be confronted by the company who runs the experimentation in the persons of Johnny Wilcox (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton). When they try to take away Okja, she finds an ally in an animal advocacy group lead by Jay (Paul Dano), and goes on an adventure to retrieve her friend.  Again, it’s a straightforward movie, and in that sense it is very entertaining – but it’s also full of thought-provoking themes, and mostly incredibly thoughtful performances from the ensemble cast.

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Tela J. Ali Bigi
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Tela J. Ali Bigi

Brilliant. Makes one truly awaken to being conscious of one’s own food choices & question who is sub-consciously choosing them for us. This movie asks you these questions & more in such a humane way. In my top 5 of the year.

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Nate

This movie was so very original, it was heavy into cultural awareness not only showing reality but also by showing mock attempts to imitate it. You do not learn a lot about any individual character but you learn everything you need to know.

Okja is very conscious and very well done. It cast an actual light in a dramatic way that gets the point across. Be aware of food processing, and societal manipulation.

The underlying themes of friendship, love, and perseverance are heart-wrenching in this film; showing real family dysfunction, broken promises, and of course forgiveness. 9/10

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peter.heaton

First, this is not a movie for kids – please be aware of that. It contains a bit of violence and while it doesn’t show anything offensive, it’s really sad! Other than that I found it to be a good movie, it functions as a captivating science-fiction movie, and it has an interesting premise.

Gayle
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Gayle

This movie just made me laugh. Very creative depiction some of the extreme views in society today and the people behind them. Destined to be a comedic classic.

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