Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ remake delivers its first trailer




From the start I have not exactly been keen on Spike Lee remaking Park Chan-wook’s genius thriller, Oldboy, but I have been hoping that maybe, just maybe Lee will pull off a decent, if unnecessary, remake.

The first trailer landed a few hours ago, and having just watched it I can’t say that I am all that impressed. See, I adore the original film, and I honestly believe that it is one of the most perfect, yet downright upsetting of  films ever made. I feel my passion for the original is clouding my judgement here, but I just felt like this trailer was either a shot for shot remake of the original, or some kind of political or relevant message thrown in for good measure.

Yes, Josh Brolin looks terrific playing the role of a man kidnapped, held captive for twenty years and released without reason, but everything else just felt a but, well, meh really. I said from the start that Brolin would be the films saving grace, and on the evidence of this trailer, he is. Thankfully Lee doesn’t appear to be holding back on the violence either, but seriously can you ever recapture the brilliance of the originals corridor fight, let alone try and copy it.

I am disappointed here, but I can imagine many will love this trailer, so please check it out for yourselves and make your own minds up.

Spike Lee  directs the remake which is based on Park Chan-wook’s second film in his superb ‘Vengeance Trilogy’ (starting with Sympathy For Mr Vengeance and ending with Lady Vengeance). The cast includes Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharlto Copley.

Oldboy arrives in US cinemas 25th October.


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 elusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.





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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.


  1. Too be fair, it doesn’t look that bad. I have no problem with other countries trying to remake stone cold classics as many people are put off by subtitles. If Spike can at least bring some essence to this, then it be worth it. But as you know Matt…..we at HCF are sooooooo in love with the original, that nothing can ever beat it….despite the best intentions here……

    • Sorry mate, just watched the trailer again and still not convinced. The gut punch twist of the original is given away too (won’t mention it in case those reading have not seen the original). The ONLY thing making this even remotely interesting is Josh Brolin. I am trying to like it, I really am but I am struggling here…

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