Oldboy

Oldboy

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.

2013USA
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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Oldboy / Reviews

New York Post

New York Post

Relentlessly gruesome, self-consciously shocking and pretty much pointless.

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Vulture

Vulture

It's shock for shock's sake. It doesn't track.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

It's got no kick to it... Oldboy just lies there like old news that's not worth a second thought.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

A vivid yet academic remake, this Oldboy is shorter, leaner and lesser.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Hollywood's wildest cinematic freakout since Shutter Island is a remake of - and an improvement on - the Korean original from 2003.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Passing (Oldboy) up would be the best revenge.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

A garish reproduction that never pretends to know who it's for.

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The Irish Times

The Irish Times

The facsimile is pointless but dependable until Lee and his screenwriter add increasingly ludicrous embellishments.

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Variety

Variety

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

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.

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Time Out

Time Out

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

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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