Esquire revealed an exclusive new clip from Spike Lee’s Oldboy, and it features Josh Brolin as the imprisoned Joe Doucett keeping fit. Using a workout video, we see Doucett doing simply exercises before the clip explodes into a flurry of ultra violence.
Now, while Spike Lee’s remake is getting mixed responses (I for one am not exactly for this remake), the more worrying thing is the fact it hasn’t played at any film festivals yet. The US release date is just weeks away, but still there are no reviews, which worse case scenario says Film District have no confidence in their film.
Josh Brolin has come out and said that he saw a three hour cut of the film, and prefers this version to the now much shorter one hour and forty three minute cut arriving in US cinemas shortly. Brolin said that the three hour cut is much darker, and from what he says below, just might be the version fans against this remake might actually like.
Speaking to Steven Zeitchik at the Los Angeles Times, Brolin revealed his brief thoughts in the three hour version, and here is how it was reported:
[T]he movie possesses a dark baroque quality that will likely alienate some critics and even seems to have elicited a mixed reaction in Brolin. “I do have opinions, but it’s better to bite my tongue,” he said when asked what he thought of the finished film. (The actor says he was more enamored with Lee’s earlier three-hour director’s cut that was both quieter and filled with more character-centric moments.)
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.