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Oldboy (2013)

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Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.

Director:

Spike Lee

Writers:

Garon Tsuchiya (manga), Nobuaki Minegishi (manga) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Brolin ... Joe Doucett
Elizabeth Olsen ... Marie Sebastian
Sharlto Copley ... Adrian / The Stranger
Samuel L. Jackson ... Chaney
Michael Imperioli ... Chucky
Pom Klementieff ... Haeng-Bok
James Ransone ... Dr. Tom Melby
Max Casella ... James Prestley
Linda Emond ... Edwina Burke
Elvis Nolasco ... Cortez
Rami Malek ... Browning
Lance Reddick ... Daniel Newcombe
Hannah Ware ... Donna Hawthorne
Richard Portnow ... Bernie Sharkey
Hannah Simone ... Stephanie Lee
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Storyline

An advertising executive is 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 punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. Written by FilmDistrict

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Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.


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Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oldboy See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$885,382, 27 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,193,658

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,186,767
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The hallway fight scene was done in one take, but it was edited for the final cut. See more »

Goofs

After being imprisoned in 1993, Joe turns on the TV and as he surf the channels a fragment of Xena: Warrior Princess is seen, but Xena did not start on TV until late 1995. It is thought that this is an anachronism, but this is the first in a series of scenes that montage the passage of the twenty years incarceration. It is not clear how much time has passed between his imprisonment and being framed for the murder of his former partner, from whom he has become estranged for some time, but it is more than a few days and less than a few years given the next chronological news snippet. See more »

Quotes

Adrian: Heaven make me free of it. The rest is silence.
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Connections

Referenced in Showreel: A Handful of Troggg (2013) See more »

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Joe's Cell Phone Ringtone - School Cue
Written and performed by Bruce Hornsby
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Surprisingly engaging Brolin pulls out all the stops
13 February 2014 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

A washed up alcoholic is kidnapped and imprisoned in a single room by his unseen captors for 20 years. After finding that he has been framed for murder he sets out for revenge and vindication. And while bettering himself in the process he aims to find out why he endured his confinement.

A solid remake of the great South Korean film based on the Japanese Manga 'Oldboy' by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. With plenty of homage's to Chan-wook Park's 2003 original Spike Lee adaptation makes some minor changes to the story some are for the better including a more fitting closing. Pacing however does feel choppy/rushed in places possibly due to studios heavy editing intervention.

Lee's offering is wonderfully filmed and acted, Samuel L. Jackson leaves an impression but Josh Brolin excels and clearly was 100 percent dedicated to the role, surprisingly executing the action scenes with surreptitiousness. The casual viewer may not find the dark humour, peculiar characters or reveal palatable. Nevertheless it equals or debatably surpasses the likes of Sixth Sense, Angel Heart, The Usual Suspects to name a few with its surprise ending. Ultimately, those who want a gritty psychological thriller with a spot of action and a fantastic twist look no further.

Possibly curious viewing for fans of Park's original but a compelling must see for viewers not familiar with the story.


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