Okja (2017) Movie Review

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Okja (2017)

2017 | R | Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
120 minutes / 2h 00min

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Okja Plot Synopsis:

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja-a massive animal and an even bigger friend-at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija's dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja...while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home. Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises-the bond between man and animal-and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all. Okja is a Plan B Entertainment, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company production in association with Netflix.

Okja (2017) Review

Okja (2017) is a 1h 58 min South Korean-American science-fiction action-adventure-drama film that was shot in Vancouver, Canada; South Korea; New York, USA, and Seoul, South Korea. Director, producer, and writer Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer (2013), Mother (2009), The Host (2006), Memories of Murder (2003)) did an extraordinary job executing this film about a girl and her pig. This movie contains bad language, intense violence, suspense, emotional scenes, humor, poignancy, emotions, desperation and a large, intelligent pig.

Okja revolves around a young girl named Mija (Seo-Hyun Ahn - The Housemaid (2010), Monster (2014), Dream High (2011)) and her humongous pet pig Okja in South Korea. Mija has been taking care of Okja for several years and is Okja’s companion, so she was more than devastated when she found out that a multinational company only has one intention in mind and that is to make her Okja into pork. It was sad to see that Mija did not know that her friend was in danger. I was emotional when I saw Dr. Johnny wanting to take Okja to New York City.

Mija will stop at nothing to get back her friend, Okja so she ventures out ready to take back what belongs to her but runs into a few complication along the way when she crosses path with several people who want Okja for themselves.

Okja visual effects were fantastic especially on the creature which made it easy to fall in love with Okja and also made it easy for us to see how sensitive and intelligent Okja is. CG was fantastically done. The movie was wonderfully done, and it can be mistaken for a kids movie if it was not for the violence and bad language. All of the actors gave us brilliant performances, but Seo-Hyun Ahn stands out from the rest of the cast with her exceptional performance. Watch Okja when you can on Netflix.

  • Okja Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 7.54
  • IMDB: 7.3
  • MetaCritic: 7.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.7

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About Okja 2017

Title: Okja
Year: 2017
Runtime: 120 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.77/5 stars from 72,942 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 72,942
MPAA Rating: R
Okja Cast Starring: Bill Nighy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Devon Bostick, Tilda Swinton, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Rickland Powell, Lily Collins, Paul Dano, Michael D. Joseph, Tony Chris Kazoleas, Giancarlo Esposito, Daniel Henshall, Faith Logan, And Palladino, Nancy Amelia Bell, Linley Subryan, Rebecca Husain, Martin Lo Rimorin, Steven Garr, Myles Humphus, Kristoffe Brodeur, Jada Jarvis, Justin McGriff, Samantha Lee Johnson, Jeong-eun Lee, Lynn Marocola, Woo-sik Choi, Rita Duran, Jaehyuk Lee, Yonghee Kim
Okja Writers: Joon-ho Bong, Jon Ronson
Okja Director: Joon-ho Bong, Joon Ho Bong, Bong Joon Ho
Production: Netflix
Website: http://netflix.com/okja
Language: English, Korean, Spanish
Country: South Korea, USA