First of all, the makers of "O" were a little overzealous in being true to the original story Othello (as even the title will attest). I'm a purist by nature, but making the story totally identical yet throwing in so many modernisms to it made it confusing. The acting wasn't great at all (how they got Martin Sheen...it's only to his folly, I guess), the sex was ridiculous (were they even trying to convince the audience it was more than simulated?), and well, such a dismal story is not at all worth retelling in the first place. Don't see it -- if you must see something then catch Fishburne and Branagh in the film version of the original Shakespearean story.
O (2001) 1080p YIFY Movie
O (2001) 1080p
O is a movie starring Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, and Martin Sheen. An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in an upper class prep school, & centered around basketball player Odin.
IMDB: 6.12 Likes
The Synopsis for O (2001) 1080p
Tough Coach Duke Goulding leaves nothing untried to lead his almost exclusively white boarding school basketball team, the Hawks, to victory after victory, but his own son Hugo feels his polyvalent technical excellence and tireless efforts -which require using stimulants- are not getting anything like the recognition he deserves, especially when coach gives the best player award to Odin James, the only black teammate, even saying he loves Odin like his own son, who in turn only calls super-rich Michael Cassio to share in the honor. So Hugo, who is liked by everyone, decides to set up the boys who stole his glory, and he knows a cocky adolescent's weak points are his pride and his girl. This Dixie Jago schemes to bring down a black Othello and his Cassio, playing into the poisonous power of jealousy, however badly this also hurts their loved ones and the whole team...
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The Reviews for O (2001) 1080p
low-quality modernizationReviewed bymarsoullisVote: 2/10
O was a good teen film that comes out fast and ends up out in excitement. The story is about a frustrated teen (Josh Hartnett) who plays basketball with a star athlete,O (Mehki Phieffer) who's got everything, his entering in college basketball and the most popular girl in highschool, starts a plan to ruin O's life. Everything suddenly starts happening bad for O's life and everything then crumbles. The movie was very fascinating and everything in the film didn't make you bored because everything was stimulating and fast paced. There was some flaws in acting but it was still alright. The film is good and I highly recommend it.
Hedeen's outlook: 8/10 *** B
In these dark times when it seems like at least 95 % of all the teen-movies that are made are trying to copy "American Pie", this is the kick in the butt that the genre needs.
Shakespeare's classical play Othello has been somewhat rewritten to fit the silverscreen and the 21st century better. The theme of revenge, love and jealousy remains intact but the settings have been changed. Great actors in the three leading roles (Stiles, Phifer, Hartnett) makes this movie feel alive, and the cursing and violence makes it feel even more real. The ending is scary and sad, and it makes you think for a long time after you've seen it.
Along with "Donnie Darko" and "Ghost World", this is one of the best movies aimed at teens I've seen.