Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.

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An advertising executive is 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 punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. Written by FilmDistrict

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Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.


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The female lead was offered to Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska but both declined. See more »

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When Joe and Adrian are walking down a hallway to get Joe's daughter, the hallway is bathed in red lighting. The lighting is no longer red after they open a door and they're seen from another camera angle. See more »

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Chaney: Shit, you might wanna think about what you're doing here!
Joe Doucett: I've been thinking about it for the last 20 years.
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Awful remake - another Asian gem destroyed by Hollywood
3 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems like destroying Asian masterpieces is Hollywood's latest obsessions if they're not whitewashing roles or putting out racist stereotypes.

Here are some of the more Asian stories that they have destroyed: Avatar: The Last Airbender Battle Royale (with the atrocious ripoff, the hunger games) Dragon Ball Evolution

This film is no different. They changed the story and it blew up in their face. Whatever tension you felt in the brilliant Korean original, you will miss in this iteration. It's just cliché after cliché with boring acting.

It's a terrible film that even their racist casting can't fix.

Serves you right, racist Hollywood. All your garbage remakes will fail just like they always have.

Side note: it's funny how racists love calling Asians "copy cats" yet look at who is copying Asian stories. Just saying....


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