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Spike Lee

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Plot Summary

Oldboy follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor's motive. 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. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 138
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 81
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: What's onscreen feels squeezed, truncated and curiously embalmed. It's got no kick to it... Oldboy just lies there like old news that's not worth a second thought. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 27, 2013

Rotten: A vivid yet academic remake, this Oldboy is shorter, leaner and lesser. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Nov 29, 2013

Fresh: Hollywood's wildest cinematic freakout since "Shutter Island" is a remake of-and an improvement on-the Korean original, from 2003. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Dec 2, 2013

Fresh: Just as depraved and depressing as the original. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Nov 27, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Korean Version

Watch the original Korean version!!! There's no comparison...

Good but Original is better

Spike Lee and Josh Brolin do their best but nothing beat the original which contains one of the Best fight scenes every flimed a gang vs one man and a hammer

What Happened?!?

Spike Lee + James Brolin + A Classic, Twisted Story= RUBBISH
What a waist of $15.