Spike Lee’s Remake Of ‘Oldboy’ Will Leave You Thankful

When news broke that Spike Lee will remake Korean director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 film, Oldboy, the pressure was on. Well, Lee delivers a knockout with his reinterpretation of the cult classic. Lee's version is a grisly, blood-filled thriller of revenge and regret that ditches some details and reshapes some components from the original, while keeping intact the essential framework of the dark road-of-redemption tale. Like the original film, Lee’s Oldboy revolves around Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin), a worthless alcoholic ad exec and absentee father who’s pretty much the jerk of the century. The story begins in 1993, where we watch Joe methodically have ...

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