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Spike Lee

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About the Movie

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: 142
  • Fresh: 58
  • Rotten: 84
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

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


Saw this movie. Josh Brolin was good but could have been much more. Almost as if he was either kept in a box with little mobility (no pun intended), or the directing was bad. There was nothing reimagined about this movie except the fight scenes. Good if you've never seen the story before, but bad if you hate Hollywood remakes. The original was cerebral and witty and forced you to think, whereas here the meal is pre-chewed and spoon-fed to the audience. That, plus enough imaginative effort to BARELY throw a script and story together, along with bad publicity on behalf of Spike Lee not paying that movie poster artist for his time and work, all but killed this movie's potential.

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

Another poor remake...

Unfortunately, this is one of these poor remakes of great asian movies....