Wednesday, July 10, 2013

OLD BOY Red Band Trailer Drops!

We may never fully understand the reasons, other than studios wanting to make buckets of money, why remakes are forced upon us. Some remakes end up being just as good or even better than the originals, but when the original is a solid film with a following, it's tough to justify remaking it for American audiences. 

The original OLDBOY was released in 2003 with positive reviews and has grown to a "must see" thriller film. There's been grumblings around the interwebs when an American remake was announced. However, writer Mark Protosevich says he is penning this film based more on the Manga series than the original Korean film. We shall see.

Here's the synopsis:

Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin), an advertising executive is kidnapped and held prisoner for twenty years in solitary confinement. After he is suddenly released, he goes on a mission to find the person responsible for his imprisonment, later discovering that his life is still caught in conspiracy and torment.

Check out the trailer after the break.

Is it just me, but did that seem a little tame for a supposed red band trailer? Based on this trailer alone, I am interested in the film. The premise is promising, and I like seeing Josh Brolin kicking ass. The lines will be drawn though once it is released. I can see this film having the same reaction as GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO did, where the American film ended up being too much of a beat for beat copy instead of a stand alone piece of work.

Also, who is ready for all the articles debating on whether Americans should be remaking foreign films?

OLDBOY will be released October 25th, 2013, is directed by Spike Lee, and stars Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Elizabeth Olson, and Samuel L. Jackson. 

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