28 August 2013 | VoyagerMN1986
Great adaption of Oedipus
This film is quite a good adaption of Oedpipus.
I just happened to see the review by IMDb user "parkerr86302." Parker's review shows how people who don't know basic cultural history and don't have any exposure to the classics can be frustrated by the basic human themes. Note he writes: " This also makes the screenwriter's climactic punishment of them despicable and obscene. Why should they be punished for something they know nothing about?" That is exactly the point. Oedipus' sin is not one of knowledge. It is one of commission without knowledge. For the ancient Greeks these sins were not mitigated by ignorance. Oedipus and Jocasta were not spared due to their ignorance of their familial relationship and ancient audiences would not have seen them as innocent. Terrible things are happening to Thebes due to their sin regardless of the fact that they did not know if it.
One cannot apply modern western Christian ideas of innocence from ignorance of sin to the mores of the Oedipus myth.
Once you understand those parameters you can appreciate this Oedipus adaption. The writing is fairly good.