Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s classic Oldboy, both loosely based on the Japanese Manga of the same name, had its premiere at AMC Lincoln Square theatre yesterday, and according to Variety, the audience were left shocked and unsettled by the graphic violence, and that ending.
Apparently fans of the original film (like me) can expect something a little different from Lee’s ending, but judging by the audience reaction, it is no less disturbing. Variety said the audience were shocked by the films graphic violence, but the ending moved many viewers to audible discomfort.
Both audience and cast were shocked by the film, with Elizabeth Olsen saying “I’ve never been more shocked and surprised by an ending since maybe like ‘The Sixth Sense’” said Elizabeth Olsen, who plays a main character in the FilmDistrict pic. “No one spoiled it for me. No one hinted at it for me. And I got to experience it with just a blank canvas.”
A new TV spot has been released promoting the films twist ending, but I can’t help but think those of us who have seen the original know what is coming anyway. I mean, how different can it be?
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 27th November, and in UK cinemas 6th December.
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.