Oldboy

Oldboy

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Oldboy

Director Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's 2003 South Korean mystery-thriller, itself based on a Japanese manga. Josh Brolin, Elisabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson star.

Follows the story of an advertising exec (Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor's motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre punishment. His quest for revenge leads him into a relationship with a young social worker (Olsen) and ultimately to an elusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.

2013Rating: R18USA
ActionDramaMysteryThriller
Director:
Spike Lee ('Inside Man', 'Malcolm X', 'Do the Right Thing', '25th Hour')
Writer:
Mark Protosevich
Cast:
Josh BrolinElizabeth OlsenSamuel L. JacksonSharlto CopleyLance ReddickMichael Imperioli
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Reviews & comments

Schoolboy

Oldboy (2013) SpikeLee movie that was like ‘Cube’ ‘FightClub’ ‘Rock n Rolla’ ‘Bad Boy Bubby' and ’The Experiment’ rolled into one. Amazing film, very art house, and totes hated a few parts, yet the theme seemed simple love (even if wrong). I enjoyed it and very thought provoking. Not for the faint hearted thats for sure. Gore extreme and bad-ass undertones...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Revenge, like octopus, is a dish best served cold, but Spike Lee's disappointingly straight remake is a lukewarm meal at best.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

To its credit, Spike Lee's remake isn't a slavish imitation. On the other hand, its grit is a grey substitute for the original's vision and verve.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Give credit to Lee for staying fresh, even if this feels like slumming.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

If you have seen the earlier version, you can occupy yourself with point-by-point comparisons. If not, you may find yourself swerving between bafflement and mild astonishment.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Another pointless remake, and I couldn't swallow it.

2.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Joe walks out of his prison cell with a singular sense of focus; Lee's Oldboy never achieves anything like that kind of clarity.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dark, violent thriller stands on its own despite its revered predecessor.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Revenge, like octopus, is a dish best served cold, but Spike Lee's disappointingly straight remake is a lukewarm meal at best.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

To its credit, Spike Lee's remake isn't a slavish imitation. On the other hand, its grit is a grey substitute for the original's vision and verve.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Give credit to Lee for staying fresh, even if this feels like slumming.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

If you have seen the earlier version, you can occupy yourself with point-by-point comparisons. If not, you may find yourself swerving between bafflement and mild astonishment.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Another pointless remake, and I couldn't swallow it.

2.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Joe walks out of his prison cell with a singular sense of focus; Lee's Oldboy never achieves anything like that kind of clarity.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dark, violent thriller stands on its own despite its revered predecessor.

0

Schoolboy

Oldboy (2013) SpikeLee movie that was like ‘Cube’ ‘FightClub’ ‘Rock n Rolla’ ‘Bad Boy Bubby' and ’The Experiment’ rolled into one. Amazing film, very art house, and totes hated a few parts, yet the theme seemed simple love (even if wrong). I enjoyed it and very thought provoking. Not for the faint hearted thats for sure. Gore extreme and bad-ass...

4.0
0