A cinderblock-shaped Josh Brolin grunts and groans his way through this fine remake of Park Chan-wook’s Korean-Wave favourite. He plays Joe, a despicable drunk adman who is framed for his wife’s murder and left in single – room confinement for 20 years before being mysteriously released. Lee took a mighty risk taking on such a beloved cult hit, but fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief. He keeps it visceral and strange and still manages, brilliantly, to up Park’s wicked video game violence.
Oldboy | Directed by Spike Lee (USA 2013) with Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen. Starts December 5
Originally published in issue #122, December 2013.