Remakes are common in movie theaters these days. For fans of the original films they can be both a blessing and a problem. They are a blessing because they can introduce new fans to the story and help to shed new light and popularity on the original film. They can be bad because no one wants to see the legacy of their favorite films destroyed by bad film making and poor execution. Trailers are often a way to ease our pain or make us worry.
Today, we get our first glimpse at Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-Wook’s hit 2003 film Oldboy. This new version of the film stars Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copely. Here’s the official synopsis:
“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.”
The film is scheduled to release in theaters on October 25th, 2013. Below is the first official Red Band trailer for the film.
One thing that is for sure is the movie definitely earns its “R” rating. Much like the original film, it appears that this new version will rely heavily on violence and graphic presentation to tell its story. If anything, the film looks like it has potential. Of course, you can never judge a book by its cover. Trailers are always made to make a film look good.
Are you a fan of the original film? What do you think of what is shown in this trailer? Does Spike Lee have what it takes to play homage to the original movie and make the film stand on its own?