Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy is quickly approaching, and with it come answers to innumerable questions. Paramount among those questions is “Will American audiences want to see such a brutal, visceral story after eating their Thanksgiving dinners?” Based on this violent clip, it seems like a hard sell.
Josh Brolin stars as Joe Doucett, an unlikeable salesman who is mysteriously imprisoned for twenty years. He’s then just as mysteriously released, and hellbent on finding out who could do such a horrible thing. Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Imperioli are along for the ride.
We’ve seen plenty of images, trailers and much more but this latest video – not a trailer, but not quite a full scene – shows a bit of what Doucett does in captivity for twenty years, and the hammer filled rage he has upon release. Check it out below.
Brolin looks pretty damn impressive in those brief glimpses we get of the iconic hammerfight sequence. It’s certainly brighter than the Chan-wook Park original, but that doesn’t mean the violence has been turned down much.
What do you think of the clip and what are your expectations for this film?