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Trailer Watch: Spike Lee’s Oldboy

FilmDistrict has released a Red Band trailer for Oldboy to Yahoo! Movies. Based on the manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya, the film, which was previously adapted by Chan Woon Park, is “a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.”

The original film has a lot of its fans feeling like this re-adaptation is pointless, but I wasn’t in love with it, myself. There are a few small(?) differences that people who have seen the original will notice — perhaps from the manga, perhaps new to this film — I wouldn’t know. But between that and the suitably bleak tone, I think there’s a chance this could be worthwhile.

Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley co-star in the Spike Lee film (apparently he doesn’t make joints anymore?), from a screenplay by Mark Protosevich (The Cell). The film is out on October 25.

6 Responses to “Trailer Watch: Spike Lee’s Oldboy”

  1. baslisks says:

    no, this is not old boy…. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! FUCK NO!

  2. Frankie D. says:

    are they going to change the ending for an american audience?

    • Gordon McAlpin says:

      No idea, but the they’re supposedly skewing closer to the manga, which the movie was only VERY loosely adapted from, the ending could be different.

      I hope they do change the ending, though. That ending was ludicrous.

  3. KathleenSawisky says:

    This is brutally disappointing. Some films are just so iconic, they shouldn’t be touched. I guess we can probably (maybe) assume that the ending won’t be the same seeing as how he sees his daughter on the TV during the trailer. But man, I’m going to go watch the Vengeance Trilogy now.

    • KathleenSawisky says:

      Although I should specify that it’s brutally disappointing they are remaking it. I will still watch the hell out of any film like this.