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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Josh Brolin
Samuel L. Jackson
Sharlto Copley
Elizabeth Olsen
Michael Imperioli
Pom Kelmentleff
Directors
Spike Lee
Screenwriters
Mark Protosevich
Running Time
104 minutes

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Plot
Drunken slob of an ad man Joe Doucett (Brolin) is kidnapped from the streets in 1993 and held for 20 years in a hotel room-style prison cell with no windows, no communications and no explanation. When he’s suddenly released 20 years later, and tasked with finding out what happened, he starts a vengeful quest for the truth...


Verdict
Lee and his team have made a film that feels worth watching, but those who’ve seen both will spend a lot of time comparing the two, and “Newboy” comes up wanting.


Reviewed by James White

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