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Let’s Do It Again: Lee’s Reimagining Imaginative Enough

Call it what you will, reimagining, reinterpretation, or remake, Spike Lee’s Oldboy can’t escape its describing root word, even while this retooling of the much celebrated 2003 Park Chan-wook for the Western intellect does have some minor differences. Those familiar with the original should perhaps be envious of those that will be coming to Lee’s version with an undiluted palette, for it’s an enjoyable work of its own, less hyper stylized, with certain changes that make it more viciously pulpy and, surprisingly, seedier.

It’s 1993, and Joe Doucette (Josh Brolin), an alcoholic, womanizing advertising executive suddenly finds himself locked in what appears to be a secured hotel room without windows, where Chinese dumplings and pints of vodka are served to him while he’s monitored by cameras in the room. He will be stuck there for the next 20 years. »

- Nicholas Bell

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