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Trailer: Spike Lee’s revenge remake, “OLDBOY”

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What does an American OLDBOY look like? It’s a question we’ve asked since the development of an English-language remake of Park Chan-wook’s stunning thriller began years ago. There’s any number of answers depending on any number of filmmakers, but the one we’ve got is Spike Lee’s. An American great with the predilection to push, Lee looks to have crafted something both stylish and pulpy, yet familiar thanks to the presence of iconic images and scenarios from the South Korean original. Will it be as powerful and thrilling? Can it?

It’s certainly worth giving it a shot. Lee has assembled a great cast including Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen. The trailer also hints at a bit of his own style, contextualizing the captivity with contemporary moments in American history, and elevating the presence of his orphaned daughter to news show guest, much like U.S. media does with victims.

Of course, there’s the hammer fight as well.

In the film, an advertising executive (Brolin) is abruptly 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 bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. 

OLDBOY is out October 25,2013. You can watch the red band trailer at Yahoo!

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