Hye—ja is a single mom to 27—year—old Do—joon. Her son is her raison d’être. Though an adult in years, Do—joon is naïve and dependent on his mother, and a constant source of anxiety, often behaving in ways that are foolish or simply dangerous. Walking home alone one night down a nearly empty city street, he encounters a young girl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead in an abandoned building and Do—joon is accused of her murder. Thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force, Do—joon’s case is quickly closed, but his mother refuses to let this be the end of the story. Trusting no one, Hye—ja’s maternal instincts kick into overdrive, and she sets out to find the girl’s killer and prove her son’s innocence.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
You never know where Mother is going to go next. All you know is that you're in the hands of a master with an appreciably bent sense of humor.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 06.24.2010
As with director Bong Joon-ho's previous film The Host, Mother also is a movie about a monster. Only this one wears an apron.Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 06.24.2010
The film is labyrinthine and deceptive, and not in a way we anticipate. It becomes a pleasure for the mind.Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 06.24.2010
Bong's opening and climactic scenes, in which the old woman bops around to a dance tune amid a vast field of yellow grass, are typical of the movie's cockeyed poetry.J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 12.30.2010