FILM REVIEW: Oldboy (2013)

Old Boy (2013, Rated R)

Director: Spike Lee
Screenwriter: Mark Protosevich
Cinematographer: Sean Bobbit
Staring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlito Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli
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Spike Lee’s 2013 adaptation of the Korean film of the same name has been much maligned. I finally got around to seeing it, and I think that the critics have been unfairly hard on this film. It’s not great, and it is a fair argument as to whether there was any reason to even attempt a remake, but judged on its own merits, it is a solid film.

Lee’s direction is strong, cinematography is interesting and performances are solid. The subject matter is just as tough as the original, and it’s definitely not for everyone (or even most people*,) but it’s a worthy addition to the revenge movie category.

* Seriously don’t rent this movie if you are squeamish. I can’t say more as it will spoil the ending, but suffice it to say that the movie features extreme violence coupled with dark themes.

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