Ever since it went into development , the question of, “Why remake Oldboy?” has floated around like dumbfounded wildfire. Even when Steven Spielberg became involved, fans remained unconvinced in the need or desire for a new take on Chan-wook Park‘s revenge film. Spike Lee‘s name won over some fans, and why wouldn’t it? Lee is a director whose work is inherently American. If anyone can bend that material enough to breathe in some seedy American streets, it’s going to be the filmmaker behind 25th Hour and Do the Right Thing.
Whether the film will feature some sort of commentary is up in the air, but one thing is for sure based on the first red band trailer for the film, this looks like Lee’s most focused film in years:
Anyone unfamiliar with Park’s film should be intrigued by this trailer. It isn’t riding on any kind of fan service, but instead the mystery that, if done right, could grab an unknowing audience by the throat. Lee couldn’t have picked two better leads than Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen for a new Oldboy audience to follow either.
Unlike Min-sik Choi, there’s a warm boyishness to Brolin that could add a different emotional weight to the character’s violent journey. But, wow, you’ve got to have guts to try to follow that hallway hammer fight scene with your own.
Oldboy opens in theaters on October 25th.