January 7, 2010

Unborn but Forgotten: Forgive Me, Baby, for I Have Sinned

The big screen has spotlit terrorizing websites before but the one in Lim Chang-jae's Unborn but Forgotten may be the first to specifically target women who have had abortions. Whether the movie qualifies as pro-life is another matter however since the primary sin uniting these women turns out to be who they've screwed not how they've terminated their pregnancies. Really, it's hard to believe Lim is advocating a full-term when you finally learn who the father is. I don't want to give it all away or suggest that Unborn but Forgotten is easy to understand because there's something enjoyably incomprehensible at work here. Reporter Su-jin (Lee Eun-ju) is doing a short documentary on a cyber cop (Jeong Joon-ho) who's investigating mysterious deaths caused by a website that magically inflates the women's bellies right before death. That this website was created by a deranged artist means one Klimt-like painting and a creepy performance installation with dolls and a fetus will come into play. The neighbor upstairs is prim and secretive; a boyfriend/anchorman is cold and demanding. Can you fault Su-jin for being a bundle of nerves as she tries to survive the website's curse? At times during this movie, you'll be a little unnerved, too.

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