Spike Lee’s Oldboy is “exactly” the same film, but with a different sick twist, according to this new red band trailer for the film. If what we’re inferring to be the “big” difference they were talking about all this time in interviews, geez, this is bit of a disappointment.
It’s a little unclear what the twist is, but we have some speculations to present. First, it looks like Hollywood has taken the wind out of the sails and removed the most shocking element of the original, that being incest. Sure, you see Brolin’s character bedding a woman, but she has long hair and an earlier clip in the red band trailer clearly showed that his daughter has short hair. We are also wondering if maybe it’s his daughter that confronts him instead of a man. Certainly she couldn’t have been the genesis of this plan since she was an infant when Brolin was imprisoned, but she could have become a part of the plot along the way; he did kill her mother, after all, right?
If what we are speculating is true, then the movie isn’t going to be “exactly” the same, but the trailer clearly shows many important scenes that are exactly the same. So, it’s more like an “inspired by” movie, isn’t it?
They could have just came out and said, “we are doing a Hollywood remake just likeMatt Reeves did with Let Me In.” That would have cleared things up a long time ago. Anyhow, the trailer is here, which was promised earlier this week and the remake honestly feels identical to the Korean version, but as I mentioned with some big changes to the plot and shock value. I’m not sure if the film will appeal to fans of the original, but I’m sure it works for those who haven’t seen it yet. Regardless, I’ll be checking this one out since Let Me In was a great remake, and I’m kind of sensing Oldboy could be the same.
Oldboy starring Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elizabeth Olsen opens October 25, 2013.
About Oldboy (2013)
Oldboy is a provocative, visceralthat follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. 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.