First Poster For Spike Lee's OLDBOY Is Counting The Days

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First Poster For Spike Lee's OLDBOY Is Counting The Days
Spike Lee's remake of classic Korean thriller Oldboy hits US theaters October 11th and the first poster has freshly arrived via CinemaCon.

OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley also star.
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LeandroApril 15, 2013 9:43 PM


Joe FalionApril 16, 2013 2:03 AM

The sad truth is I'm sure everyone likes the idea of seeing Brolin, Copley, and Olsen together... Just not in this.

Todd BrownApril 16, 2013 3:12 AM

The actual truth is that the percentage of people who have seen and care about the original versus the overall population is so microscopically small that they / we are statistically completely inconsequential. I haven't checked the Videoscan numbers for the original but I would put down GOOD money that less than one half of one percent of the US population owns a copy of Park's film.

PaxitoApril 16, 2013 4:53 AM

No! Not the guy who made Buffalo Soldiers. This movie sucks already

Electric HeadApril 16, 2013 9:39 AM

It is interesting that you would correlate people who seen and care about a movie with the number of people that own a copy. A movie like this and Requiem for a Dream are probably best watched exactly once, so as to not break your initial reaction of the film. That is my view, anyway. I've watched this film twice, for the record, and the second time around was not as immersively gut-wrenching as the first time and probably took some of the edge away from my initial impression. I had rented it both times.

Todd BrownApril 16, 2013 11:20 AM

Read what I said again. Less than one half of one percent of the population. Even if you assume that three or four times that many have seen the original you're still talking about a number that is far, far closer to 'nobody' than 'everyone'. In business terms - and never forget that this is an industry - those numbers are completely, 100% inconsequential.

Electric HeadApril 16, 2013 11:28 AM

Ah, I don't dispute that hardly anyone has seen the movie. I just thought it was interesting that you weighted the people that owned a copy as being representative of how many people would have cared about a movie (it was a non-sequitur, for sure). I was only saying that that might not be a representative sample, especially in today's world where there are multiple ways to watch a movie.

Joe FalionApril 16, 2013 11:45 AM

I used the term "everyone" in too general of a sense I suppose. What I meant by "everyone" was the readers here at Twitch (who are a bunch of delightful movie aficionados). I realise that the viewer base of the original is extremely low since it is a foreign film and lots of people struggle with the concept of reading for entertainment.

As much as I dislike the idea of a remake, I must admit I am also a little curious....

Simon de BruynApril 16, 2013 12:14 PM

Well, I'm looking forward to it. Love the original film, haven't read the manga, but excited to see what Lee and that cast bring to this material. Remake away, I say.

Todd BrownApril 16, 2013 12:26 PM

It's the easiest metric to use. One day (and hopefully soon, I really believe the industry needs this badly) there will be a Videoscan or Nielsen equivalent to track VOD numbers and things, but right now that doesn't exist. And Oldboy released before those days, nayway, so video sales are more or less it.

Todd BrownApril 16, 2013 12:28 PM

I'm definitely curious. Cast is great and when Lee is on his game he's quite good. I expect it to have quite a unique flavor, which could be pretty interesting. If they just mimic shots and stuff, then you'll find me amongst the cranks ripping on it, but until then I'm staying open.

AlexApril 16, 2013 3:05 PM

I'm of the personal belief that any "good" movie is never "best watched once". I think the statement (and I've heard it many times about other movies) just doesn't really make sense. A good movie is a good movie the first or 10th time you see it, if it's only good for one viewing it's not good.

ToryApril 16, 2013 3:57 PM

This is my reaction, as well. I'm definitely curious and not the least bit negative about this. I wanna see what Lee cooks up with this one.

Electric HeadApril 16, 2013 4:07 PM

I think I am of a different mind-set. If I feel that a second viewing dilutes the feeling I got from the first viewing without adding anything new, then I prefer to have only watched it once. It's not true for all movies - most of the movies that I like, I can watch over and over, but for some of them that make a real impact on me, like the two I mentioned but also Audition and I saw the Devil, I would have preferred to have watched only once. Maybe it is because there are moments in the films that really resonated with me and a repeated viewing not only didn't give me that same feeling, but also took away from the impact the first viewing had on me.

Adrian ConlonApril 22, 2013 4:02 PM

Check out my OLDBOY tribute and leave a Like if you enjoy it. Cheers.