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‘Oldboy’ Featurette Defends Remake, Talks Story and the Horrors of Solitary Confinement

FilmDistrict released a featurette for Spike Lee’s Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin, Samuel Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Bruce Hornsby, and James Ransone. The video gives a little jab to the fans about it being a remake, while also pondering what it would be like in an infinite solitary confinement, and speaking to creating an emotional experience in theaters. Thumbs up!

In theaters November 27, “The pic is a provocative, visceral thriller that 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.

Check out the featurette inside.



  • Horrorgal1

    No. I will still stick with the original, thanks.

  • dirtyghettok

    Sounds a bit pretentious at parts, but I’m still going to give this one a go. I’ll pick a theater with a bar close by so if it’s bad, I’ll walk out and wash my memory away of it..

  • I think Josh Brolin is an overrated actor. It all started with No Country For Old Men, and the hype train picked up a lot of speed after that. I actually think Brolin deserves credit for trying to do his best in Jonah Hex, and he was decent enough in American Gangster as the dirty cop. But everything else in his career? I’ve never seen the big deal about this guy. NEVER. He’s a so-so actor at best, IMO.

    Plus, I’m uneasy about Spike Lee directing. His films range from really good, to so-so, to absolutely terrible (Miracle At St. Anna.) The guy is just too streaky to have faith in to produce something good.

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