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Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 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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Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Josh Brolin personally created the title artwork. See more »

Goofs

When Joe sneaks into Edwina Burke's (Evergreen Headmistress) home while she's talking to Marie, he pulls out a yearbook. He looks into the yearbook and the name says "Adrian Pryce". Then when the shot zooms in, it says "Adrian Doyle Pryce". When Joe and Marie return back to the motel, Marie takes a picture of the yearbook photo where it now returns back to just "Adrian Pryce". See more »

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Chaney: I swear, I don't know nothin'! I swear before God and eight motherfuckin' white people!
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Written and performed by Bruce Hornsby
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Unnecessary?...... Maybe Not
13 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

The sad truth of the matter is that the majority of mainstream America does not watch foreign film - bummer I know. Because in my experience, it is foreign films that generally have the most captivating stories and scenarios.

OldBoy is a film I watched many years ago, and it left me with so many feelings. Of those feelings was of course shock at the ending, and sadness with the state of which the main character was left in. It was a film that I wanted others to watch, but due to having to read subtitles or sit through a less than stellar English voice over - few did.

Fast forward and here we are with a remake that gives an entire new audience the opportunity to witness this narrative. The acting is solid, it's filmed well, and its extremely close to the original. How is this a bad thing when viewed holistically?

I would be so bold to say that I preferred Joe's ending in this film over the original. Remakes will rarely be as "magical" as the originals, but they sometimes offer an alternate take on a well liked story for us that are familiar - and a brand new experience for those that do not care to see the original or are unaware of its existence.

If you have never seen the original - watch this film. If you have - give it a watch.... or not :)


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