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OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free. Co-starring Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley, OLDBOY was directed by Spike Lee, from a script by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell, Thor). The film was produced by Roy Lee, Doug Davison and Nathan Kahane. (c) FilmDistrict

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everything is wrong with [Spike] Lee's version of Park Chan-wook's notorious, super-violent super-action-thriller. For one thing, it's far from super. Not the quality, per se (although, for Lee, that's off, too), but the energy."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"A vivid yet academic remake, this Oldboy is shorter, leaner and lesser."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"For a "pointless" and "unnecessary" remake, there's actually some really solid stuff in this one."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Maybe the giant leaps of faith that the original script calls for were easier to swallow 10 years ago, or perhaps it's just that Lee's version seems to mannered to be convincing."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"The blu-ray's features suggest that Lee made a better film than what was released theatrically"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Why would we want to watch a chronicle of Joe's agonies, and the agonies he gets to inflict on others? Passing it up would be the best revenge."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Sometimes I don't understand the Hollywood mindset. Who thought remaking Park Chan-wook's 2003 cult classic, Oldboy, was a good idea?"
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Sloppy when taken on its own and abhorrent when compared to its predecessor."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"It's not that Spike Lee's attempt at a remake is particularly bad, though it does have a few issues, it's just that it's an entirely unnecessary one."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"Visceral thrills and athletic camerawork seem only to bring out the actors' limitations."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"Hollywood's wildest cinematic freakout since "Shutter Island" is a remake of-and an improvement on-the Korean original, from 2003."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Much of the dialogue is stilted (several scene are laughable) and the melodrama feels unmoored without the lurid, baroque atmosphere of Park's film -- which, after all, was kind of the whole point."
‑ , Associated Press
"Park Chan-wook's movie was a delirious nightmare whose ideas and images stuck like burrs in the mind. Lee's remake is all too forgettable."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"...we have a mediocre remake being released on Blu-ray and the extras are better than the film itself."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"In a film where the hero is constantly asking questions about his predicament, the audience may be left with the most important one of all: why?"
‑ Bryan Bishop, The Verge
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