Old Boy

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Old Boy

Spike Lee (2013)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This fairly faithful remake of Park Chan-wook's internationally acclaimed 2003 Korean thriller stars Josh Brolin as an arrogant, alcoholic advertising executive. Brolin is kidnapped and held in solitary confinement in a hotel-like prison for 20 years, during which time he's framed for the murder of his ex-wife and his young daughter is taken into care. When he's eventually released in an equally mysterious fashion, he sets out to learn the identity of his abductors and uncover their motives. Director Spike Lee follows the plot of the original film almost to the letter, replicating many of its bloody, violent set pieces and the oppressive feel of Brolin's cell, but he never quite delivers the same levels of atmosphere or menace. And while Brolin gives a steely performance as a man confronting his isolation and his conscience, on a journey signposted by guilt and redemption, Sharlto Copley as his enigmatic adversary veers a little too close to pantomime villainy.


A man is abducted and locked away in a small room for 15 years then suddenly set free, with no explanation for why he was incarcerated. Bewildered and disorientated, he struggles to adapt to his new-found freedom, but vows to find out what has become of his family and who his captors were so he can mete out his own brand of revenge. Thriller, directed by Park Chan-wook, starring Choi Min-sik, Gang Hye-jung and Yu Ji-tae. In Korean.

Cast & Crew

Joe Doucett Josh Brolin
Marie Sebastian Elizabeth Olsen
Chaney Samuel L Jackson
Adrian Pryce Sharlto Copley
Chucky Michael Imperioli
Dr Tom Melby James Ransone
Haeng-Bok Pom Klementieff
Jake Preston Max Casella
Bernie Sharkey Richard Portnow
Daniel Newcombe Lance Reddick
Director Spike Lee
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Dec 2013