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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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27 November 2013 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Steven Spielberg was originally attached to direct with Will Smith starring. See more »

Goofs

Joe turns on the TV and as he surf the channels a fragment of Xena: Warrior Princess is seen, but the year is 1993 and Xena did not start on TV until late 1995. See more »

Quotes

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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Remake of Oldboy (2003) See more »

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Cancion Del Fuego Fatuo
From El Amor Brujo
Written by Manuel de Falla and Sierra Martinez
Performed by Asturias Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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Even as a stand alone....it doesn't work.
27 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Woody acting and product placement ruined this movie for me. i'm not sure how he did it, but spike lee even manged to make 20 years in captivity feel rushed and uneventful. to elaborate further, there was ZERO character development, everything felt pushed along, including the 20 years in the room. he was just a pitiful alcoholic for YEARS, then "EPIPHANY", a five minute montage of getting clean and getting in shape annnnd he's out. there was no passion to it, there was no empathy that you get from the original, you don't feel sorry for him. he's just a sociopath on a revenge spree. although, i think the big ending twist was done well, the overall movie was a snooze fest. they even managed to make a pivotal scene, the hallway fight, BORING and pushed along.

everything the main character is, is because of that room, his life, his persona, his transformation, and his realizations. it had no heart. the subtlety and nuances of the original are just lacking. like i said, you you don't care about the characters, you're just waiting to see what happens next...and what made it even worse, is that i KNOW what's going to happen next, but dammit, i wanted my money's worth.


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