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Oldboy Red Band Trailer Up
Josh Brolin's on a rampage

10 July 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Yahoo

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Though it still has some way to go to win over those who consider Park Chan-wook's film the final word on the story, Spike Lee’s bold attempt to craft a new, Americanised version of revenge mystery Oldboy is making great strides in terms of tone and imagery. The red band trailer is now online and is below, although those coming to the story completely fresh are advised to beware spoilers. 

While the promo shows that Lee’s film makes some changes, there is also a lot here that will feel familiar to fans of the original. Josh Brolin plays Joe Doucett, an advertising executive mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years.

Upon his release, he’s set the challenge of figuring out why he was kept locked away for two decades, and, almost as importantly, why he’s been set free. Joe also has family on his mind, not least the safety of his daughter.

Lee certainly seems to have cooked up a stylish, moody film here – the big challenge will be in standing up to Chan-wook’s version. With Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Imperioli, Sharlto Copley and Lance Reddick in the cast, Oldboy will be out on December 6. 


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Your Comments

Don't know what everyone's complaining about.
Looks great. If you don't like it, don't watch it. You'll always have the original (which I found too impersonal to enjoy). More

Posted by Paxton at 08:08 on 15 July 2013 | Report This Post

Looks cool. One of the few movies that could easily work remade. That said, the hammer sequence looks like it might have been just ripped off directly. That said, looks like they're too chicken to do the original flick's twist, unless it's an intentional double bluff to fuck with those who've seen the original. More

Posted by clarkkent at 21:40 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

Thanks for showing the WHOLE premise...
I hate these trailers.... ----- In other news, I love Josh Brolin in everything he's in plus I love R-rated stuff, so this might work even though I know the Korean original. More

Posted by kielerkai at 19:46 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Why? Why? Why?
L: MonsterCat L: pythonlove You must be smelling your own post. Mainstream audiences, whether in the US or the UK, do not attend subtitled movies the way they do films in English. The numbers overwhelmingly prove that. It's their loss and, yes, a sign of narrowminded parochialism. If you dispute that fact, you're wrong. Thankfully some films do break through and hopefully people are getting more international in their tastes, but this myth that it is only the US that has a "pro More

Posted by pythonlove at 19:22 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Why? Why? Why?
L: pythonlove You must be smelling your own post. Mainstream audiences, whether in the US or the UK, do not attend subtitled movies the way they do films in English. The numbers overwhelmingly prove that. It's their loss and, yes, a sign of narrowminded parochialism. If you dispute that fact, you're wrong. Thankfully some films do break through and hopefully people are getting more international in their tastes, but this myth that it is only the US that has a "problem" with subtitles More

Posted by MonsterCat at 18:33 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Why? Why? Why?
L: MonsterCat L: pythonlove Hate to break it to you but British audiences are just as allergic to subtitled foreign films as American mainstream audiences. This just in: There are stupid people everywhere. Don't cry. light whiff of bullshit to this post, I'm afraid. I think it's more of a case of studios assuming that audiences are stupid and distributors of foreign films just not giving them a chance to experience mainstream exposure. There have been a small numbe More

Posted by pythonlove at 18:14 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Why? Why? Why?
And calling people stupid for not watching a subtitled film is sweeping and very snobbish. And again, for the naysayers of whom there seems to be plenty, how does it look sanitised? Or trashy? And why is Brolin an awful substitute? How do you know this. No wonder I rarely look in these parts of the forum. ...I should know by now not to bite More

Posted by big dawg at 11:53 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Why? Why? Why?
L: pythonlove Hate to break it to you but British audiences are just as allergic to subtitled foreign films as American mainstream audiences. This just in: There are stupid people everywhere. Don't cry. light whiff of bullshit to this post, I'm afraid. I think it's more of a case of studios assuming that audiences are stupid and distributors of foreign films just not giving them a chance to experience mainstream exposure. There have been a small number of subtitled films br More

Posted by MonsterCat at 11:09 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Why? Why? Why?
L: Bagpuss5 Old Boy was my fav film of all time. Let's remake it they said because American audiences can't read and watch at the same time. And from the looks of the trailer it looks awful. Trashy, Americanised, sanitised, rubbish. And Josh Brolin is a woeful substitute for Choi Min-Sik. Why oh why! ate to break it to you but British audiences are just as allergic to subtitled foreign films as American mainstream audiences. This just in: There are stupid people everywhere. Do More

Posted by pythonlove at 02:10 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

Why? Why? Why?
Old Boy was my fav film of all time. Let's remake it they said because American audiences can't read and watch at the same time. And from the looks of the trailer it looks awful. Trashy, Americanised, sanitised, rubbish. And Josh Brolin is a woeful substitute for Choi Min-Sik. Why oh why! More

Posted by Bagpuss5 at 22:47 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: How wrong was I?
L: UTB I don't think this looks terrible at all. Entirely pointless, perhaps, but not terrible. We haven't seen Sharlto yet (apart from his arse). ense at last! So many people carping on 'it looks terrible' (what looks terrible exactly? ), 'spike lee is rubbish' (really? ), 'prob wont even be a live octopus' (so you bitch about a remake but want it exactly the same? Make up your mind)...in the trailer we see hammers goin into heads, a similar looking clip to the famous corridor More

Posted by big dawg at 18:27 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

Empire Review will be 4/5
While I freely admit that after seeing the original some years ago I have no interest in this remake, would anyone like to take a wager that Empire give this film 4 stars out of 5 but never state in the review that the potential viewers' time would be better spent watching the original five star film. Most recent examples being Girl with the Dragon Tattoo x2, and Let The Right One In/Let Me In. More

Posted by webber6969 at 17:25 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: How wrong was I?
Will it be better then the Bollywood version though? More

Posted by Deviation at 14:09 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: How wrong was I?
I don't think this looks terrible at all. Entirely pointless, perhaps, but not terrible. We haven't seen Sharlto yet (apart from his arse). More

Posted by UTB at 13:50 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

How wrong was I?
I was going to keep my initials worrries on the down side and try to be a positive as possible. But after watching the trailer, I can voice my dissappointment! Holly-weird will dampen down the Big ending, try to stylise this rather than keep the gritty, raw, visceral feel of Park Chan Wook - I bet there isnt even a live Octopus to eat!! More

Posted by leetee80 at 13:42 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

Looks terrible
Looks fcking terrible but I am not surprised, it is Spike Lee directing it after all. More

Posted by Desbris at 12:50 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

Looks terrible
Looks fcking terrible but I am not surprised, it is Spike Lee directing it after all. More

Posted by Desbris at 12:09 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

Agree with Dr Chez
It's exactly the same film, I'd wager the ending is kept the same as well. Poor, very poor More

Posted by chris wootton at 11:46 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

Hope Pythonlove is right, otherwise it just becomes another version of Taken. I'm still a bit skeptical as to whether US studios would take the risk of keeping the Big I ending. More

Posted by Kavandclay at 10:45 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

Manga Interpretation
Many seem to be most upset about this film's apparent lack of adherence to the big twist on the original's ending. While some have suggested that this could be a red herring and the big twist is still in there, it might be worth pointing out that the twist is an invention of the original movie and was not in the manga that the original was based on. Could this remake be more of an adaptation of the manga than of the original film, with style tics taken from both the manga and movie? Just a thoug More

Posted by Iago 1979 at 09:35 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

Typical Hollywood
Same film, just with the Hollywood treatment. Take off the edge, verbally explain plot points, add more sex... job done. Well done Spike Lee you muppet. More

Posted by dr.chez at 09:19 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE:
Get a clue, gentlemen. The film has the exact same twist as the original. SPOILER The girl on the TV news report is not really his daughter. It's just a fake report inserted into his TV watching to misdirect him and the audience... You know, so people who haven't seen the first one will not guess where it's going. It's pretty smart actually. The big reveal will be just as stomach-churning. Whether the movie will stand on its own is the question... More

Posted by pythonlove at 07:16 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE:
Looks like they're at least doing things a bit differently. They've got a good director and cast so it i] be worthwhile. Will just need to wait and see More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 07:12 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

Pretty obvious they wouldn't follow the original film ending, doubt that would work with majority of western audiences. I don't think it needed a remake particularly but the trailer looks decent enough and if it makes people seek out the original then that's a good thing too. People moaning about remakes/reboots constantly, is as tedious as the remakes/reboots themselves.... More

Posted by big dawg at 06:48 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

NO NO NO NO NO NO
Hollywood remake? Let's give it a shot No Vivaldi? Erm...Ok His daughter's publicly on TV? Theyve changed the ending? I guess it could work Zero violence despite red band trailer? wtf Im at a loss. More

Posted by tommyinglis at 00:29 on 11 July 2013 | Report This Post

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