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The Buzz:

        Josh Brolin plays Joe Doucett, a man who wakes up one morning to find himself trapped in one small room. After being held captive for 20 years with no reason or contact from the outside world, he is suddenly released, and challenged to find out who imprisoned him, and why. A Spike Lee remake of the 2003 Korean classic by the same name.

 

Life of the Party:

        Overall, I really can't find any complaints about this Oldboy remake. I expected the film to absolutely suck (considering how short lived it was in the theaters around me), but overall it proved to be quite entertaining. Sharlto Copley (Elysium/District 9) turns in a pretty damn creepy performance as the antagonist, and Samuel L. Jackson pretty much plays Samuel L. Jackson with somehow worse hair than he had in Jackie Brown.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        That last paragraph is not short out of laziness. I meant what I said, there's no stand-out complaints or problems with this Oldboy remake. I think the biggest problem with it was that I had already seen the 2003 Korean version, which I absolutely love as one of my top films! Doing remakes is tricky, because you have to balance keeping to the source material to keep the fans happy, but have enough surprises that the fans can't call every plot twist and turn in advance. The 2013 version pretty much sticks to the source material 100%, with some changes to make it distinctly more American (more fight scenes and the like). But in the end, I knew exactly what was going to happen; sure the remake came at the conclusion slightly differently than the original, but even with the little changes I called the twist at about the 30 minute mark.

        So in the end, if you've seen the 2003 Korean Oldboy, then the 2013 Oldboy will do you no favors. And if you haven't seen either, then I say you should really watch the Korean version. It has substantially more atmosphere, more emotion, and is frankly just a more effective piece of filmmaking.

 

The Vibe: Lazy Afternoon

        Really the only way I can easily recommend this version is if you haven't seen either film, and the thought of a foreign film just fills you with disgust. I mean, you're completely and utterly wrong, but a story this good deserves to be seen, and so you might as well experience it in some manner. Use it to kill a few hours on a day off, but make sure you pay attention (especially towards the end).

 

Plus/Minus:

+ In all fairness not a bad film

- But the original is just plain better

 

Drinking Game Ideas:

~ Drink when someone in the film drinks

~ Drink whenever someone eats a dumpling

~ Drink when someone gets stabbed/cut/similar

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