Given his ability to look by turns pathetically broken and totally badass (plus he can rock a buzz cut and what looks like a 10-year beard), Brolin is as ideal an actor as any to steer viewers through “Oldboy’s” grisly funhouse of horrors. Yet while he’s up to the role’s intense physical and emotional demands, the star seems to hint at demons seething beneath the surface without fully embracing them, never tapping into the raw, animal-like ferocity that made Choi Min-sik such a frighteningly human monster. In similar fashion, Lee and Protosevich have made a picture that, although several shades edgier than the average Hollywood thriller, feels content to shadow its predecessor’s every move while falling short of its unhinged, balls-out delirium.
-From Justin Chang’s Variety review of Spike Lee‘s Oldboy remake – hit the ‘Read More’ link to check out the entire thing. Almost all the reviews we’ve read are similar. Think we’ll wait… and in the meantime, watch the Park Chan-Wook original again.
- Spike Lee makes ‘Oldboy’ safe(r) for US audiences (sacbee.com)
- 7 Surprising Ways the Original Oldboy Manga Differs From the Korean Film (toplessrobot.com)
- OLDBOY Movie Review: Get Locked Up In This Glum, Lifeless Remake (badassdigest.com)
- U.S. remake of the film “Oldboy” receives criticism (koreaherald.com)
- ‘Oldboy’ review: stop me if you’ve heard this one before (theverge.com)