Do you need a trailer for Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake that you can readily share with your family and friends? A green band clip for the upcoming thriller recently hit the internet.
Based on the Japanese manga and the 2003 South Korean classic, the film follows the adventures of a man (Josh Brolin) who seeks revenge on the people who kidnapped him. To make matters worse for our hero, he also has to convince everyone that he didn’t murder his wife in cold blood. He definitely has his work cut out for him.
Since Hollywood thinks that most moviegoers don’t enjoy watching foreign movies or reading subtitles for languages they can’t understand, Spike Lee decided to give everyone an English-speaking version of Chan-wook Park’s career-making endeavor. If you’re a fan of the original, then it’s hard to understand how they could possibly improve upon the story.
Check out the official synopsis for the remake:
“‘Oldboy’ is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive 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.”
Joining Brolin in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake are Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, James Ransone, and Samuel L. Jackson, the latter of whom appears to have a thing for reboots these days. See his involvement with the remake of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop.
According to the folks over at Slashfilm, the version headed to theaters this month is a little different from the one Spike Lee originally put together. The original cut was nearly three hours in length, though it was later shortened.
When asked which version he preferred, Brolin told the Los Angeles Times that he was essentially “biting his tongue” on the subject. Reports suggest that he enjoyed the three-hour cut more than the abridged version that arrives on November 27. Here’s hoping for a director’s cut finds its way onto future home video releases.
When you’re ready to roll, check out the latest Oldboy trailer below. It’s essentially the same as the red band trailer, but with less nudity and violence.
If you need one more trailer for yet another seemingly pointless Hollywood remake, then check out the recently-released clip from the RoboCop remake starring Joel Kinnaman. For better or for worse, that film is presently scheduled to hit theaters next year.
What do you think about the latest trailer for Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake?
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