Back in January, I expressed my utter disappointment that Hollywood was remaking the South Korean Classic, Oldboy. There is no way Hollywood could do justice to this art- house oeuvre…unless they found an incredible director…one who might be a little heavy handed with his politics but still creates imaginative films that sit on the periphery of Hollywood mainstream…someone who is internationally well-liked so as not to offend any Oldboy purists…someone like Spike Lee? That’s right. Spike Lee directs this horrific tale about a man desperate to understand why he was inexplicably imprisoned for 15 years. The cast is pretty decent and the trailer is enough to make us understand that it’s different but the same.
Directed by: Spike Lee
Adapted by: Mark Protosevich whose credits at least include The Cell.
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Simone, James Ransone and Sharlto Copley.
Release date: November 27th, 2013 (USA)
The trailer is barely watchable. First time I’ve ever seen the red screen.
It’s going on my watchlist.