Without going on a rant, Chan-Wook Park’s Oldboy is one of the most original movies I’ve ever seen. It, in it’s own right, is a near masterpiece. So naturally, what does America do to great foreign flicks? Remake them, because American’s are too lazy to read subtitles. Yay. But, like I said, I’m avoiding a long rant. Originally, a South-Korean film, Oldboy deals with some VERY taboo subject matter, so when at one point it was said that the US remake would be helmed by Steven Spielberg and star Will Smith as the film’s main character, I didn’t think my eyes could have ever rolled so far back into my head . Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Spielberg fan through and through, but anyone who’s seen Oldboy knows that Spielberg nor Will Smith are physically or emotionally capable of filming the shocking twist ending. Luckily that project died off, and Oldboy was saved. Until fucking Spike Lee of all people decided that HE wanted to make it. At least with his version, they cast Josh Brolin as the lead, which is way more suitable that Will Smith.
So regardless, here’s the trailer of the American remake. I’ll be honest, it looks much much better than I anticipated it looking, but at the same time, it looks so identical to the original film that I almost wonder, why bother. At least Let Me In wasn’t exactly a remake of Let The Right One In so much as retelling of the story. If you haven’t see Oldboy, I would highly suggest watching the original Korean film. But if you must, here’s the Red Band (NSFW) trailer of the brand new Oldboy.
Oldboy is released October 25, 2013 and stars Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elizabeth Olson and of course, is a Spike Lee Joint.
By Richard Pepper