Excerpt: Spike Lee adapta el clásico contemporáneo de Park-Chan wook planteándolo como un ejercicio de estilo atravesado por secuencias de violencia explícita. Una película innecesaria, que demuestra de nuevo el poco amor de la audiencia USA por el cine subtitulado.
Excerpt: If the new resolution for Joe is ingenious, if the filmmaking is big and baroque and blood-splattered, if the film is a reminder that Lee is among our premier cinematic stylists, his Oldboy is still unwieldy at best and a mess at worst. Its most accurate descriptor would be “interesting,” and while I’m certainly not one for discouraging the output of interesting movies, if you’re going to remake a great film like Oldboy, you’ve got to do a helluva lot better than that.
Excerpt: It might not match the ambiguity and emotional power of Park Chan-wook’s version, but it has an indelibly sick bite. A word of warning, though: “Oldboy” is not for the faint of heart and not really palatable for casual moviegoers.
Excerpt: The visual inventiveness and moral complexity of the original is swapped for a frequently brutish, often tasteless and ultimately dull revenge film that seems to enjoy the squalor of its violence rather than examine its futility, all of which leads to an ending that lacks catharsis and simply leaves you wondering why.
Excerpt: Still, Lee does a superb job here: appropriately grittier and grimier than Chan-wook’s perfectly-framed, pretty-as-a-picture original, this is an unusually brutal and violent film that really makes a visceral impact.