Josh Brolin Unleashed in Red Band Trailer for Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Remake

By July 10, 2013

Even taking his bombastic personality out of the equation, I’m generally just not a fan of director Spike Lee’s films. Surprisingly, that could change with the release of his adaptation of Oldboy, the manga series that was adapted into a cult film hit in 2003 by Korean helmer Park Chan-wook. Take a look at the brand new red band trailer from Yahoo:

The original film blew my mind, and even though American remakes of foreign properties often dumb the content down, this one looks to retain a lot of the same edge that Park Chan-wook’s movie had. And if the trailer is any indication of how the final movie will turn out – ideally, that’s always the case, but I’m sure you’ve been burned by enough trailers in your life to know sometimes marketing can be misleading – it also looks nothing like Spike Lee’s other films, so that’s why I’m keen on this one. Plus, Samuel L. Jackson looks like he’s taking hair advice from Chris Tucker in The Fifth Element, so that looks like fun.

What do you think? Another unnecessary Hollywood-ized remake, or does this one have potential? Oldboy opens on October 25th, 2013.

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