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Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Josh Brolin ... Joe Doucett

Elizabeth Olsen ... Marie Sebastian

Sharlto Copley ... Adrian / The Stranger

Samuel L. Jackson ... Chaney

Michael Imperioli ... Chucky

Pom Klementieff ... Haeng-Bok

James Ransone ... Dr. Tom Melby

Max Casella ... James Prestley

Linda Emond ... Edwina Burke

Elvis Nolasco ... Cortez

Rami Malek ... Browning

Lance Reddick ... Daniel Newcombe

Hannah Ware ... Donna Hawthorne

Richard Portnow ... Bernie Sharkey

Hannah Simone ... Stephanie Lee

Ciera Payton ... Capri
Cinqué Lee ... Bellhop

Steven Hauck ... Arthur Pryce

Caitlin Dulany ... Emma Pryce

Ilfenesh Hadera ... Judy

Phyllis Montana LeBlanc ... Grace

Michael J. Burg ... Luxembourg Police Chief

Lizzy DeClement ... Amanda Pryce

Erik Gersovitz ... Young Adrian

Gralen Bryant Banks ... Captain Lionel

Dustan Costine ... Security Guard
Lennie Hsiao ... Souvenir Vendor

Joe Chrest ... Johnny / Schizophrenic Man

Linda Jewell ... Motorcycle Messenger

Kerry Cahill ... Shirley Roos

Douglas M. Griffin ... Ken Roos

Brett Lapeyrouse ... Young Chucky

Victoria Geil ... Young Donna
Violet Hill ... Mia (10 Years Old)

Grey Damon ... Young Joe
Jung Tan ... Chinese Woman

Jordan Salloum ... Anthony
Sharon Gee ... Librarian

Elvy Yost ... Mia (23 Years Old)
Carol Sutton ... Vera

Taryn Terrell ... Girl In Park
Marco Umana ... Burly Man

Giovanni Silva ... The Checkpoint

Steve Kim ... Brute #1

Brian Oerly ... Brute #2
Josh Diogo ... Brute #3

Jeff Ward ... Crazy Brute

Billy Tilk ... Jock #1

Ronn Surels ... Jock #2
Walter Garcia ... Jock #3
Joe Williams ... Jock #4

Eric R Salas ... Jock #5
Shannon Rockweiler ... Aerobics Instructor
Altonio Jackson ... Bohemian Artist #1
Louis Tucci ... Bohemian Artist #2

William Vines ... Bohemian Artist #3
David Dahlgren ... Old Timer #1

Jodie Moore ... Old Timer #2
Shelton Alexander ... Construction Worker
Mary Glackmeyer ... Yoga Instructor
Brianna Nowlin ... Exercise Video Model
Alexa Kobylarz ... Sexy Calisthenics Instructor
Iman Marshall ... Dancer #1
Renata Granger ... Dancer #2
Leslie Saubat ... Dancer #3
Donna Crump ... Dancer #4 / Zumba Leader
Catherine Caldwell ... Zumba #1
Wilheisha Lucien ... Zumba #2
Syndi Russell ... Zumba #3
Nicole Norman ... Zumba #4
Niki Kleinberger ... Aerobics #2
Peryn St. Raymon ... Aerobics #3
Al Palagonia ... Convenience Store Clerk

Alvin Chon ... Delivery Boy
William D. Green ... Willie Green
Anthony Tien Quang ... Geico
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jay Oliver ... Nursing home visitor
Adam Alvarez ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Jon Arthur ... Deliveryman (uncredited)
Frank O. Butler ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Joseph Randy Causin ... Upscale Pedestrian (uncredited)
Edward J. Clare ... Luxembourger Police Officer (uncredited)
James DeWitt III ... Young Chucky's Jock Friend (uncredited)

Steffie Grote ... Competitive Swimmer (uncredited)
Emily D. Haley ... Office worker (uncredited)
Mark Joyce ... Guest (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Chris Marroy ... Rumpled Businessman (uncredited)

Austin Naulty ... Brute (uncredited)

Madison Probus ... Elite Prep School Girl (uncredited)

Zachary Probus ... Year Book Photo (uncredited)

Philippe Radelet ... Middle Class Man (uncredited)
Katherine Jeanie Russell ... Upper Scale Pedestrian (uncredited)

Dathan Smith ... Park Jogger (uncredited)
Joseph Uzzell ... White Collar Worker (uncredited)
Bob Walker ... Businessman (uncredited)

Christopher Michael Watts ... Advertising Executive (uncredited)

Rachel Whitman Groves ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jesse Yarborough ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Spike Lee 
 
Writing credits
Garon Tsuchiya (manga) &
Nobuaki Minegishi (manga)

Mark Protosevich  screenplay

Produced by
Audrey Chon .... production executive
Doug Davison .... producer
Meryl Emmerton .... production executive
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... co-producer
Dong-Joo Kim .... executive producer
Roy Lee .... producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Sonny Mallhi .... co-producer
John Powers Middleton .... executive producer
Mark Protosevich .... co-producer
Peter Schlessel .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Roque Baños 
 
Cinematography by
Sean Bobbitt 
 
Film Editing by
Barry Alexander Brown 
 
Casting by
Kim Coleman 
 
Production Design by
Sharon Seymour 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Borck 
 
Set Decoration by
Maggie Martin 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
 
Makeup Department
Tracy Ewell .... key makeup artist
Lee Gren .... graphic designer specialty tattoos: Tinsley Studio
Robin Myriah Hatcher .... special makeup effects production coordinator
Sacha Quarles .... hair department head
Melizah Schmidt .... key hair stylist
Christien Tinsley .... makeup department head
Hiroshi Yada .... special makeup effects crew: Tinsley studio
 
Production Management
Will Greenfield .... production supervisor
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... production manager
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Ellis .... first assistant director
Michael A. Pinckney .... second assistant director
Sherman Shelton Jr. .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Spencer J. Abadie .... construction buyer
Jana Camacho .... assistant property master
Todd Clevenger .... lead scenic
Daniel Coe .... construction coordinator
Matthew L. Crowson .... set dresser
Saul Cruthirds .... set dresser
Anthony Dimeo .... property master
Stephen P. Durante .... lead man
Ryan Martin Dwyer .... swing gang
Nicholas Ellerbee .... carpenter
Nicholas Ellerbee .... propmaker
Brigitte Faucheaux .... video graphics designer
Matthew Ford .... construction medic
L. Sonia Garcia .... scenic artist
Matthew Gatlin .... set designer
Molly Harrison .... props
Kelly Hemenway .... graphic designer
Alexa Kinigopoulos .... assistant property master
Kristin Lekki .... graphic artist
John Lindsay .... greensman
Daniel A. Maes .... set dresser
Robert J. Moore Jr. .... set dresser
Marybeth O'Connor .... props
Alixandra Petrovich .... on-set dresser
Paul Pitalo .... props
George Sanchez .... plasterer
Victoria St. Pierre .... on-set scenic
Alexander 'Sasha' Stolin .... scenic artist
Trinh Vu .... set designer
Jay Watt .... construction medic
Robert Wilson Jr. .... scenic
Stephanie Wittmann .... set decoration assistant
Matt Zaff .... set dresser
Tony Ziegler .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... production sound mixer
Michael Baird .... supervising sound designer
Benjamin James Bradshaw .... foley mixer
Ryan Briley .... assistant adr editor
Patrick Christensen .... adr engineer
Jason Dotts .... sound effects editor
Kevin Froines .... assistant sound editor
Kyle D. Krajewski .... adr recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Jeffrey Roy .... foley editor
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Spencer Schwieterman .... additional re-recording mixer
D. Chris Smith .... sound effects editor
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist
Vicki Vandegrift .... foley artist
Jared Watt .... boom operator
Chris Welcker .... sound utility
 
Special Effects by
Matthew Gatlin .... model maker
Edward Joubert .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Jordan Alphonso .... digital compositor
Karen Heston .... flame artist
Elbert Irving IV .... visual effects coordinator: Wildfire VFX
Lauren Ritchie .... visual effects producer: Wildfire VFX
Dottie Starling .... visual effects supervisor: Wildfire VFX
Matt Stroub .... Flame artist
Mark Wilhelm .... flame artist
J. Thomas Wilson .... compositor
 
Stunts
Andy Abele .... stunt performer
Airon Armstrong .... stunt performer
Clayton J. Barber .... stunt performer
John Bernecker .... stunt performer
Steve J. Brown .... stunts
Trace Cheramie .... stunts
Alvin Chon .... stunts
Josh Diogo .... stunts
Yan Dron .... stunts
Walter Garcia .... stunts
Travis Gomez .... stunts
Jace Jeanes .... stunts
Jacob Kabel .... stunts
Steve Kim .... stunts
Luke LaFontaine .... stunts
Nito Larioza .... stunt performer
Kortney Manns .... stunt performer
Brad Martin .... stunts
Travis Merindino .... utility stunts
Mark Norby .... stunt coordinator
Dan B. Norris .... utility stunts
Paul Andrew O'Connor .... stunts
Brian Oerly .... stunt actor
J.J. Perry .... fight choreographer
J.J. Perry .... stunt coordinator
Greg Rementer .... stunts
Eric R Salas .... stunts
Todd Schneider .... stunts
Dalton Simons .... stunts
Eric Stratemeier .... stunts
Ronn Surels .... stunts
Billy Tilk .... stunt performer
Tony Vo .... stunts
David Wald .... fight coordinator
Kenny Waymack Jr. .... stunt performer
Joe Williams .... stunts
Mike Wilson .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Grayson Austin .... Steadicam operator
Russell Beard .... rigging electrician
Victor Brunette .... video playback
Scott Calcagno .... rigging grip
Joe Cassano .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Michael Charbonnet .... first assistant camera
Eric DePoorter .... rigging grip
John Gregory Edwards .... rigging electrician
Rowland Egerton .... best boy rigging grip
Chris Flowers .... electrician
Dan Furst .... hd video assist
Melanie Gates .... film loader
Hilary Bronwyn Gayle .... still photographer
John Gorman .... rigging grip
Christian Hardy .... grip
Stan Hoyt .... electrician
Joe Lotuaco .... grip
Rob Pierson .... electrician
Jonathan E. Robinson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Brett Walters .... first assistant camera: a camera
Ryland Witten-Smith .... grip
 
Casting Department
Karen Kaia Livers .... casting associate
Keisha Richardson .... casting assistant
Jackie Sollitto .... casting associate
Nadiyah Skyy Taylor .... extras casting assistant
Vanessa Toll .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Toby Bronson .... key set costumer
Megan Coates .... assistant costume designer
Meghan Cornay .... set costumer
Daniela Fabrizi .... costume assistant
Dana Kay Hart .... costume supervisor
Brittany Lathan .... additional set costumer
Brittany Lathan .... costume assistant
Laura Faye Sirkin-Brown .... seamstress
Jen Wasson .... shopper
Branden Watson .... seamstress
Lesley D. Wickham .... ager/dyer
Chloe Ji Yoon .... Costume illustrator
 
Editorial Department
Ryan Denmark .... additional editor
John Diesso .... digital intermediate conform editor
Giovanni DiGiorgio .... digital intermediate assistant
Tom Poole .... digital intermediate colorist
Kevin Soares .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael K. Bauer .... music editor
Ginés Carrión .... orchestrator
Tessy Díez .... assistant composer
Tessy Díez .... production music coordinator
Jason La Rocca .... music scoring mixer
Martin Roller .... score recording engineer
 
Transportation Department
Richard Brown .... picture car coordinator
Earl R. Hurst Sr. .... transportation captain
Lionel C. Johnson .... driver
Randy Kinyon .... transportation coordinator
Nick W. Pastrano .... driver: basecamp generator, wardrobe trailer
 
Other crew
Christian Agypt .... production coordinator
Laurie Alexander .... Assistant to Business & Legal Affairs
Mac Alsfeld .... assistant: Elizabeth Olsen & Sharlto Copley
Jason Ament .... stand-in for mr. brolin
Joaquin Aragon .... location assistant
Aaron Becker .... title designer: main titles
Barbara Berkery .... dialect coach: Mr Copley
Maxwell Berry .... location production assistant
Sumner Boissiere III .... additional set production assistant
Kara Bowman .... medic
Elspeth Brodie .... dialogue coach
Jason Chandler .... set production assistant
Lauren Ciell .... assistant accountant
Andrea Claret .... assistant accountant
Lauren Elizabeth Cummings .... production assistant
Shawn 'Fluff Daddy' Duane .... production assistant
Ashley T. Farrell .... assistant script coordinator
Ashley T. Farrell .... assistant to producers
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator
Charlie French .... locations
Natalie Girard .... stand-in
Yves Hofer .... assistant: Spike Lee
Brian Hollars .... additional set pa
Zachary Holmes .... computer/video playback
Harrison Huffman .... assistant production coordinator
Jim Jaffe .... product placement executive
Vicki V. Johnson .... key set medic
Emily Kacere .... production secretary
Seth Kleinberg .... executive producer: main titles
Jason Lampkin .... administrative supervisor
Lydia Look .... adr voice
Mike MacCuish .... first assistant accountant
Marlene Marks .... payroll accountant
Ilana McAllister .... production accountant
Volney McFarlin .... assistant: Mr. Jackson
Matt McLellan .... key assistant location manager
Lauri Mills .... studio teacher
Taylor Newman .... set production assistant
Albert Quaid .... assistant location manager
Nick Reasons .... office production assistant
Emily LaRene Roberts .... production assistant
Tyler Samardick .... additional craft service
Terrence Segura .... production assistant
Diane Slattery .... unit publicist
Emilie Staat .... script coordinator
Pauline S. Storms .... production assistant
Jordan Sudduth .... production assistant
Jordan Sudduth .... stand-in
Samuel W. Sullivan .... script supervisor
Angela Villalobos .... assistant to mr. drake
Aaron V. Williamson .... fitness professional
Kenneth Yu .... production secretary
 
Thanks
Jeff Betancourt .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language
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Lily Collins auditioned for the role of Marie.See more »
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Anachronisms: 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:
Adrian:Heaven make me free of it. The rest is silence.See more »
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Version of Zinda (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Cancion Del Fuego FatuoSee more »

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159 out of 206 people found the following review useful.
Simply put, some movies should never be remade., 28 November 2013
Author: Robyn Nesbitt (nesfilmreviews) from United States

Simply put, some movies should never be remade. "Oldboy" serves as a stark reminder with only a few exceptions: Americanized remakes of beloved and admired foreign films inevitably result in disappointment. For viewers unfamiliar with the history behind Spike Lee's "Oldboy," the 2013 film is a remake of the cult-classic 2003 South Korean film of the same name, directed by Chan-wook Park. The Korean masterpiece possess a highly stylized, gritty sensibility while providing an emotional depth to its characters. Iconic director Spike Lee's "Oldboy" is as a handsomely shot piece of genre entertainment, but it fails in its attempt to define itself, resulting into a completely pointless, watered-down underwhelming thriller.

An alcoholic whose life is falling apart, Joe (Josh Brolin) is far from the ideal father who is willfully neglecting his three-year-old daughter, Mia. Drugged and kidnapped one night, Joe awakens in a small room with a television, only to learn that he's been framed for the murder of his ex-wife, and will spend the next 20 years trapped in this cell where he is held as a prisoner. During the duration of his imprisonment, he trains his mind and body for escape attempts while pouring his heart out to Mia in letters. After two decades of torment, Joe is suddenly set free, seeking out an old friend Chucky (Michael Imperioli), and meeting Marie (Elizabeth Olsen), an advocate for the homeless who helps him in his cause. Hunting for the individual who locked him away, Joe spares no one as he works his way to Adrian (Sharlto Copley), a deranged man masterminding the mystery Joe and Marie are now determined to solve.

Director Spike Lee, working from a screenplay by Mark Protosevich "I Am Legend" (2007), chooses to simply rehash the plot for his American remake, and quickly rushes through the unusual and unique storyline unable to establish an emotional connection with the audience which the original film develops so well. Lee's picture clocks in at a lean 104 minutes, 16 minutes shorter than Park's "Oldboy." As a result, the storytelling is rather straightforward, and it forces Lee to rush through crucial sequences which are not given the adequate time to develop. Subtly goes by the waste side, and almost abandoned completely early into the third act in favor of expeditious explanations.

The remake remains largely faithful to the story of the 2003 effort, but seriously lacks in intensity and a sense of meaning. The original film achieves a sublime blending of ultra-violence with extreme art, while the remake feels bogged down in its copycat status, and its overall lighter tone hampers its enigmatic, disconcerting story of revenge. My advice is to avoid this altogether, pull up the original on Netflix, and deal with the subtitles America.

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