When the remake to the Korean ultra-violent classic Oldboy was announced, it originally had Steven Spielberg attached to direct and Will Smith to star. Needless to say, I was worried. Very worried. This is one of my favorite films, and I don’t want its brilliance to be tarnished by some sub-par regurgitation. A gruesome film such as this should not be recreated by Spielberg and Smith. Although incredibly talented, they’re a bit too wholesome.
The film’s story follows a man who has been held captive (15 years in the original, 20 years in the remake) in what looks like a studio apartment in a low-income apartment complex, blamed for the murder of his wife, and then finally set free with no explanation as to why he was held captive or why he was freed. He then proceeds to seek out gloriously bloody and merciless revenge against his mysterious captor.
A remake (or re-imagining, as Spike Lee calls it) for this film calls for a director who can make a gritty, dangerous film and not have fans worry that it might get a PG-13 rating, that’s Spike Lee. This film needs a leading man with a great amount of range and the ability to come off as menacing, that’s Josh Brolin.
I’m not a die-hard fan of Spike Lee’s films, but I do respect his work nevertheless. However, I am a fan of Josh Brolin’s work and just from watching this trailer, I believe he will do an incredible job.
I cannot wait to see him go off on some people during the hallway hammer fight scene, one of the most epic fight scenes ever.
I wonder if he’ll cut his own tongue off.
And I’m pretty sure he slits Samuel L. Jackson’s throat too. Not that I dislike Sam Jackson but it’ll sure be cool to watch.
Anyway, I have been eagerly awaiting this film’s release for a while now, but I have to wait just a bit longer. It doesn’t come out until October 25th, so the red-band trailer will have to do for now. I’m probably going to have to watch the original multiple times until October.
Spike and Josh, don’t fail me.
If you haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer:
And if you haven’t seen the original…shame on you! Go watch it! Here’s the trailer for it:
Oldboy (2013) stars Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Elizabeth Olsen, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is directed by Spike Lee.