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Oldboy 2013

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(82) IMDb 5.8/10
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Spike Lees remake of the critically acclaimed Korean masterpiece, OLDBOY, follows the story of Joe Doucette (Josh Brolin), a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason.

Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Spike Lee
Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen
Supporting actors Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli, Pom Klementieff, James Ransone, Max Casella, Linda Emond, Elvis Nolasco, Rami Malek, Lance Reddick, Hannah Ware, Richard Portnow, Hannah Simone, Ciera Payton, Cinqué Lee, Steven Hauck, Caitlin Dulany, Ilfenesh Hadera
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 4 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, without apparent reason, or explanation.

When he is released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who placed him there, and their rationale, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.....

Let's get the housekeeping out of the way first. The original is brilliant, easily one of the best films to be made in the noughties, and one of the most impressive, visceral and disturbing films made. And obviously a remake was inevitable.

The answer to the question 'should the film have been remade?' Is a simple 'no'.

But hey it has, and to be fair, it's not a bad movie at all.

But it was never going to find an audience who would appreciate it really. People who have never heard of the original, probably wouldn't appreciate the dark tones of the film, and the disturbing narrative, and fans of the original, well, let's just say, it wouldn't be cool to like this movie.

Lee has a wonderful eye, and the best thing about this movie, is the camera work, from the faithful re-imagining of the hallway fight, to the flashbacks where both time lines are melded together.

Brolin is as brilliant as expected, and whilst on screen, you are thanking whatever you believe in that the makers didn't cast Will Smith, because this would've have been diluted for the mainstream, and he would have sung a song at the end.

Copley makes a decent villain, but it does take you a while to get over his accent. It's very Dick Van Dyke by way of Don Cheadle in Ocean's 11.

Jackson is good, but seems out of place in this, given very little to do other than dress strangely and swear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 17 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A disillusioned advertising executive, with a drink problem, at war with his ex-wife, and losing his clients, is kidnapped and imprisoned for 20 years, from 1993 to 2013. Josh Brolin plays the captive man. He never meets his captors and finds himself released after 20 years. The film loses some credibility at this early point, because Brolin doesn't look a day older on his release than when he was first imprisoned. Back out in society, Brolin is given some clues about how to trace his captors, by the man who organised the kidnapping, a billionaire villain played by Sharlto Copley. Brolin is slightly wooden in the lead role, and although he has the physical presence to carry off the scenes of violence convincingly, he doesn't bring much emotional depth to the character. He reminds me of Nick Nolte, when what the role required was an actor who is electric on screen, somebody like De Niro in Taxi Driver. Coply is first rate as the main villain, a man whose life, despite his huge wealth, has been ruined by a murderous paedophile father. Copley is suitably reptilian and hissable, without going over the top a la Alan Rickman in Die Hard. On his release, Brolin's character falls in love with a beautiful young woman who comes to his aid, played by the very easy on the eye Elizabeth Olsen. The two of them pool their resources, and go on the hunt for Copley and his henchmen, Brolin resorting to a claw hammer and Stanley knife to help persuade information out of the bad guys. In a nutshell, the crux of the tale is why was Brolin's character incarcerated, and why has Olsen's character come into his life. I wont divulge any more here, there is a twist in the tale, which you might not see coming.Read more ›
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 10 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Smarmy drunk and vulgar advertising salesman Joe Docette(Josh Brolin) thinks he has gone as low as he can after blowing a business deal in spectacular fashion but he wakes up after a particularly heavy bender to find himself in a room without any means of escape and there he stays for the next twenty years whereupon he is released and vows vengeance upon his captors aided by a young reach out program assistant(Elizabeth Olsen)

Those familiar with Park Chan Wook's 2003 korean original(and there are many)might be wondering why bother and after this versions spectacular tanking at the US box office (gross under a million on Thanksgiving!)surely then it must be awful.Well it is and it isn't.

In the plus column Spike Lee adopts a straight forward approach to the material making it easy to follow throughout and while the basic reason for everything remains pretty much the same, Lee eschews Wook's 3rd act one two punch of gore and surrealist fatalism in favour of a more prosaic(visually clever though)tying up of the plot strands and it is never boring thanks in large part to Josh Brolin who is good value as our put upon protagonist.

However the film does suffer from a bunch of ham fisted nods to the original(no, the octopus scene is left well alone save for a brief nod in a resturant scene) and the notorious hammer sequence is not even close to the splendid madness of that sequence in the original. Sharlto Copley as Docette's nemesis is perfectly dreadful.
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