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O 2001 123movies

O 2001 123movies

Trust. Seduction. Betrayal.Aug. 31, 200195 Min.
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Watch: O 2001 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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….
Plot: Even though he’s the only black student at the elite Palmetto Grove Academy, star basketball player and future NBA hopeful Odin James has the adoration of all, including the team’s coach and the Dean’s beautiful daughter Desi. Odin’s troubled friend Hugo, the coach’s son, is deeply resentful of his father’s preference of Odin on and off the court. When Hugo plots a diabolical scheme to sow the seed of mistrust between O and Desi, it sets in motion a disturbing chain of events which erupts into a firestorm of breathtaking intensity.
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Likeable remake of Shakespeare’s Othello.
This was generally a good film, well above average but no where near great. It definitely highlights the theme of ‘Everything comes full Circle,’ which the Title ‘O,’ implies. It also concentrates on minor themes such as racism and exploits the human emotions of jealousy and love and how it is such a tender thing which can be easily manipulated. It also portrays how dangerous love is … as we understand that if Odin didn’t really love Desi he wouldn’t have gone to such extremes when he discovered her ‘betrayal.’

Most of the acting was mediocre at best. I am surprised that Julia Stiles (playing Desi Brable) played an important character but had little screen time, her character Desi was also a little nondescript (compared to Shakespeare’s version of her character, Desdemona, who is much more interesting and expresses the virtues of goodness and honesty much more effectively). Elden Henson, Andrew Keegan and Rain Phoenix (Roger Rodriguez, Michael Cassio and Emily respectively), playing supporting roles also gave mediocre performances, I found Rain Phoenix especially poor in parts. Mekhi Phifer (Odin James) and Josh Hartnett (Hugo Goulding) give superb performances, both expressing their characters effectively with great skill.

Of course adapting the script from Shakespeare’s play would’ve been difficult but for a better version of Shakespeares’ Othello the pace of the film should’ve been slower and should have concentrated more on the character’s and their feelings…this film actually seemed to focus more screentime on action more than it should’ve…or needed to.

However the tragic tale was efficiently portrayed and extremely well delivered, it’s an enjoyable film. The ending was also quite sad and was worthy of the build-up during the film. The tragedy of how Odin was twisted by Hugo into destroying the one thing he truly loved was sickeningly realised. Overall a nice film in its own way.

Watch it! You won’t regret it, but in my opinion, some parts of the film could’ve been much better.

* Milla.

Review By: Milla-M
Some may disagree but i think this is one of the best films of the YEAR!!!
The Story:

I remember when i first heard of this movie back in 98 my interest in it was pretty high. I’m always interested to see how Shakespeare can be modernized. Sometimes it works(10 Things I Hate About You=The Taming of the Shrew and 96 version of Romeo and Juliet)While others aren’t so great(Get Over It=A Midsummers Nights Dream). In both cases it’s still really exciting to see how they bring the essence of shakespeare to the screen. In my opinion when you modernize the language, the setting, and the characters it presents more of a challenge to make it truly work.

So when i heard more about “O” and its cast i knew i just had to see this movie. I heard about its release date and i was all ready to go see it. However, due to the tragedy at Columbine the films release date was changed due to controversial themes in the movie that related too closely to the tragedy. This peaked my interest in the film even more because i love to see films with strong subject matter because it shows that the filmmaker wnats to hold nothing back and films that are more realistic in that aspect always work better for me.

However Miramax could never give “O” a solid release date. It would be set for release and changed and so on and so forth. In the end “O” received about 7 different release dates. Finally a studio named Lions Gate picked the film up and gave it a Aug.31, 2001 release date. A whole 2 years after the initial release date. Now it was my time to see it and i’m happy to say i was not disappointed.

This update is by far the best modernized retelling of shakespeare ever made. It stayed true to the essence of othello while adding a few little modern twist to the story. To update it for highschool certain things had to be changed for it to fit with story. First there are name changes: Othello is now Odin James(O.J., did anyone else get that), Desimonda is now Desi and Iago is now Hugo. Also instead of being a member in high society, “O” is the msot popular person at his school(The only black student) and a star basketball player. He’s dating the most popular girl in school and all these things are what fuel Hugo’s jealously. Soon he slowy begins to manipulate all involved in the story untill his plans lead to a pretty tragic conclusion.

What i like about the play and this version or lets jsut say this story in general is the way certain things are presented. Everyone has been jealous of someone at some point in there lives so in that aspect you can relate with the villian of the story. I did at some points. Now, don’t get me wrong this guy is pretty ruthless but when you look at how he’s treated by his dad, who is also his basketball coach, you begin to see what fuels his rage. He’s frustrated because he feels he has a right to shine. There are several references to the Hawk in the film. Odin is a hawk because he soars above everyone else and everyone pays attention to him. He’s not like everyone else thus he can’t fit in with normal birds. Hugo wants to be like this an d he feels that it’s his due time to soar above everyone else. I also like how it shows how easily people can be manipulated. Manipulation can truly twist someone’s mind up and in this case it truly does.

There are many scenes int he film that i felt worked very well in the film and these scenes stand out in my mind as the best in the film. The first one is the slam dunk contest. I coul honestly feel his rage at that point and the instrumental score in that scence was truly magnificent. The next scene is the first confrontation between desi and Odin over the scarf he gave her. the performers are so intense during this scene that it just really pulled me in. Lastly is the last 15 or 20 minutes are truly intense. The things that take place during this time frame really got to me and that’s how i knew i was seeing a good movie. It gave me that feeling in my stomach and the realism that the last 15 minutes or so presents is gripping.

The Acting:

By far the best aspect of this film is the acting by all involved. Every performer gives a compelling performance.

Mekhi Phifer(Odin): he gives a powerful performance. He really captured all the various modes of the character. He played the sensitivity and exuberrance of the character well in the beginning of the film but when the rage and frustration of Odin begins to show this is when Mekhi is in top form. A blistering performance that could very well be the best of his career.

Julia Stiles(Desi): Julia Stiles is officially the spokeswoman for william shakespeare. This i her third shakespeare update after 10 things I hate about you and Hamlet. Once again she’s proving that she is one of th best actresses of her generation. She conveys the strength but also the innocence of Desi really well. She’s a very capable performer and her chemistry with Mekhi Phifer is what makes certain events in the film work.

Josh Hartnet(Hugo): I’m a sucker for peopel that paly villains. it jsut seems like an awesome role to play because it cna truly show your range as an actor and Josh hartnet does an admirable job. Nto only through his lines but his manuerisms. He’s truly menancing in some scenes but he also has to make you understand his plight. why he’s jealous, and why he does what he does. Josh Hartnett is able to pull us into his world and show us why he’s so angry. This is by far the best performance of his career.

Andrew Keegan(Michael): I don’t understand why he’s left out of most of the promotion for this film. his character plays an important role in these proceedings. Nonetheless he plays the role of the impressionable teenager quite well. I hope to see him in more roles like this that challenge his range.

Rain Phoenix(Emily): i have nothing to compare her performance to but she is quite good in this film. She hits all the right notes and she is really good in the last few scenes of the film. Hope to see her in more movies.

Martin Sheen(Coach Goulding): Martin Sheen gives an intense performance as the basketball coach and father of hugo. Some may think he’s a little over the top but since i know coaches like this i think he hits all the right notes.

Elden Henson:Sorry i forgot his characters name but he’s also very good in the film. He plays the insecure, “nerd” role pretty well and his character is also very important in the films proceedings.


As you cna see i really enjoyed this film and i encourage everyoen to go see it. This film doesn’t encourage violents inf act as a 16 year old boy woh is currently in highschool it showed me that actions like this jsut aren’t worth it. i tihnk there is a lesson to be learned while you’re viewing this film. just go in with an open mind and i’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

Review By: MissCzarChasm

Other Information:

Original Title O
Release Date 2001-08-31
Release Year 2001

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 35 min (95 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 16017403
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Drama, Romance, Thriller
Director Tim Blake Nelson
Writer William Shakespeare, Brad Kaaya
Actors Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen
Country United States
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Toronto, Canada
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Fuji F-CP 3519D)

O 2001 123movies
O 2001 123movies
Original title O
TMDb Rating 5.961 204 votes

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