‘Oldboy’: Red-band trailer for Spike Lee redo recalls shocking original

July 10, 2013 | 1:16 p.m.

The red-band trailer for Spike Lee’s remake of “Oldboy” is out, and it suggests that the director’s new film might hew closely to Park Chan-wook’s dizzying, disturbing 2003 original.

The trailer lays out the basic premise — a man (Josh Brolin) is abducted and held in captivity for 20 years, until one day he’s mysteriously freed and sets out to learn the identity of his captor and the reason for his imprisonment, forging uneasy alliances and wielding a hammer to exact bloody revenge.(Before you watch, take note that the clip contains strong language and graphic images not suitable for work or for younger readers.)

For some cinephiles, the remake, which was written by “I Am Legend” and “Thor” screenwriter Mark Protosevich, is one of the most anticipated releases of the fall. Park’s film is revered as an accomplished cult oddity, full of startling imagery and gut-punch revelations, existing as part of the director’s thematically linked Vengeance Trilogy (the other two films are 2002’s “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” and 2005’s “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance”).

Whether Lee will retain one of the most unsettling key moments from that film remains to be seen.

As for Park, he made his English-language debut “Stoker,” with Nicole Kidman, earlier this year and is also a producer on the anticipated adaptation of “Snowpiercer” to be directed by fellow Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho.

Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson costar in “Oldboy,” which opens Oct. 25.

— Mark Olsen | @IndieFocus


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4 Responses to ‘Oldboy’: Red-band trailer for Spike Lee redo recalls shocking original

  1. former spike lee fan says:

    Spike Lee has not made an interesting film since Malcolm X. God save his remake of Oldboy!

  2. Craigery says:

    Which unsettling key moment? The Sushi bar or the ending?

    • John says:

      Pretty sure the ending. If eating raw octopus is an "unsettling key moment", then the average american movie-goer needs to grow a pair.

  3. Patricia Dugas says:

    Where do we stop?_LA Times: Spike Lee new film Oldboy: MPAA rating: R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language._Take us out of the sewer – give us something all of us want to see._

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