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Oldboy (2013)



Critic Consensus: Suitably grim and bloody yet disappointingly safe and shallow, Spike Lee's Oldboy remake neither surpasses the original nor adds anything new to its impressive legacy.

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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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Josh Brolin
as Joe Doucett
Elizabeth Olsen
as Marie Sebastian
Sharlto Copley
as Adrian/The Stranger
James Ransone
as Dr. Tom Melby
Pom Klementieff
as Haeng-Bok
Max Casella
as James Prestley
Linda Emond
as Edwina Burke
Rami Malek
as Browning
Lance Reddick
as Daniel Newcombe
Hannah Ware
as Donna Hawthorne
Richard Portnow
as Bernie Sharkey
Hannah Simone
as Stephanie Lee
Cinqué Lee
as Bellhop
Steven Hauck
as Arthur Pryce
Caitlin Dulany
as Emma Pryce
Michael J. Burg
as Luxembourg Police Chief
Erik Gersovitz
as Young Adrian
Gralen Bryant Banks
as Captain Lionel
Dustan Costine
as Security Guard
Lennie Hsiao
as Souvenir Vendor
Joe Chrest
as Johnny/Schizophrenic Man
Linda Jewell
as Motorcycle Messenger
Kerry Cahill
as Shirley Roos
Brett Lapeyrouse
as Young Chucky
Victoria Geil
as Young Donna
Violet Hill
as Mia (10 Years Old)
Grey Damon
as Young Joe
Jung Tan
as Chinese Woman
Sharon Gee
as Librarian
Elvy Yost
as Mia (23 Years Old)
Taryn Terrell
as Girl In Park
Marco Umana
as Burly Man
Giovanni Anthony Silva
as The Checkpoint
Steve Kim
as Brute #1
Brian Oerly
as Brute #2
Josh Diogo
as Brute #3
Jeff Ward
as Crazy Brute
Billy Tilk
as Jock #1
Ronn Surels
as Jock #2
Eric Salas
as Jock #5
Shannon Rockweiler
as Aerobics Instructor
Altonio Jackson
as Bohemian Artist #1
Louis Tucci
as Bohemian Artist #2
William J. Vines
as Bohemian Artist #3
David Dahlgren
as Old Timer #1
Jodie Moore
as Old Timer #2
Shelton Shakespear Alexander
as Construction Worker
Mary Glackmeyer
as Yoga Instructor
Brianna Nowlin
as Exercise Video Model
Alexa Kobylarz
as Sexy Calisthenics Instructor
Iman Marshall
as Dancer #1
Renata Granger
as Dancer #2
Leslie Saubat
as Dancer #3
Donna Crump
as Dancer #4/Zumba Leader
Sydni Russell
as Zumba #3
Nicole Norman
as Zumba #4
Niki Kleinberger
as Aerobics #2
Peryn St. Raymond
as Aerobics #3
Al Palagonia
as Convenience Store Clerk
Alvin Chon
as Delivery Boy
William D. Green
as Willie Green
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Critic Reviews for Oldboy

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (60)

The first hour or so of Lee's 'Oldboy' is so gripping that it's dispiriting to watch the wheels fall off the wagon so spectacularly in the third act.

June 18, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

December 10, 2013 | Full Review…

Viewers new to Oldboy will appreciate Lee's affecting and entertaining tale of a man unjustly imprisoned. Fans of Park's film-and there are many wildly loyal ones-will likely be far less impressed.

December 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Other than catering to an audience unwilling to read subtitles, it's hard to see what Spike Lee has brought to the table ...

December 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A misguided, if visually polished, remake of Park Chan-wook's violent revenge thriller.

December 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The facsimile is pointless but dependable until Lee and his screenwriter add increasingly ludicrous embellishments.

December 6, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Oldboy

The remake of the Korean mind fuck does not shy away from most of the unpleasant aspects of the original, but it's a leaner, less detailed version, which makes it somewhat easier to stomach. The result is sometimes unintentionally funny, sometimes brutal, but the mystery is engaging and the movie entertaining enough. In other words: if you know the original, you won't need this. If you don't, this might very well blow your mind.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Watched half. It's crap. Watch the original Korean version instead.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


I haven't seen the Korean original, but what I saw here was a plot driven sonuvagun that takes no prisoners (whatever fans of the original might spout). Josh Brolin is the best I've ever seen him in this tale of revenge, and revenge again, that's rough to watch unless you were born in a prison, and maybe even if you were. Sharlto Copley is making a career playing bad guys, but at least this one has a rationale going for him which is well played. And Samuel L. Jackson ... what need be said?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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