Monday, December 2, 2013
Movie review: Sick and twisted Oldboy is not for the squeamish
A Spike Lee remake, 2013's Oldboy is duller than the original.
Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) is a womanizer and drunkard. He has no grasp on his own life and neglects his three-year-old daughter. When he awakes one day after a night of drinking, he realizes he is stuck in a small room that looks like a hotel room, but with no way out. Joe will spend the next 20 years stuck in this room, thinking of only one thing -- finding his daughter. When the time comes and Joe is released, he relies on his best friend Chucky (Michael Imperioli) and health worker Marie (Elizabeth Olsen) to track down who imprisoned him and why because that person is keeping his daughter hostage.
RATING7/10 stars – Kept my attention throughout but something about it just seemed to thin. I wanted more bite!
Directed by Spike Lee (Inside Man, Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing), Oldboy is a remake of a 2004 Korean film of the same name. Definitely not for the “every person,” Oldboy is full of disturbing ideas and a decent amount of violence. At times Oldboy seems like a drama, then it switches gears to mystery and then to action. The premise of the movie is not one I would recommend for most movie watchers and, for some, it will just make you feel sick. I enjoyed most of the movie AFTER he gets out of his cell because it felt like a new age Count of Monte Cristo and the revenge factor is neat. However, there were several times I said to myself, “Man is this f*cked up!” Apparently from what I read about the 2004 version, Spike Lee’s version is “safe and duller” so I can only imagine what the other movie can offer. I don’t think this movie would be worthy of a view if it weren’t for Josh Brolin (I like his acting), so take that with a grain of salt. My recommendation is that if you can handle risky topics with a small amount of gore, nothing here will scare you off. But if you don’t like even the slightest controversy, than you will hate this movie. Maybe wait for rental. Co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley, and James Ransone.
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