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Okja 2017 / Available On Streaming Rental or Purchase

8.0

Director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer) does something quite amazing with the $50 million budget Netflix gave him: he makes a simplistic movie. But man, is it good. Okja tells the story of a “super pig” experiment 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 (Okja). When the company who originally ran the experiment want their pig back (performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton) – the two find an ally in an animal advocacy group led by Jay (Paul Dano). This is a straightforward movie, but nevertheless it is entertaining and full of thought-provoking themes and performances from an excellent cast.

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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. 4 people liked this review.

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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. 1 person liked this review.

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    ButtDog

    This movie touched my heart. Now my heart stop. Now I sue the movie. Too good. Too true. Still waiting for my 5 Million dollars.. 0 people liked this review.

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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 0 people liked this review.

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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. -4 people liked this review.

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