Hammer Time! First Red Band Trailer for Spike Lee’s Oldboy Remake


Samuel L Jackson in Oldboy (2013) Movie Image

Josh Brolin has a hammer in Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy” and he certainly knows what to do with it, which is unfortunate for the guys who locked our hero up for the last 20 years (5 years longer than the Park Chan-wook original, natch). One of those guys include Samuel L. Jackson, who apparently has the “I just work here” excuse ready to go for just such an occasion. Too bad for him Josh Brolin doesn’t seem to care.

Check out your first look at “Oldboy” via a Red Band trailer. Obviously it’s going to be hard not to compare this to the original — or at least, for those of you who have seen the original. For the rest of you, well, it shouldn’t be too hard, I guess.

An advertising executive is 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 punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli and Sharlto Copley.

This old boy learns some new tricks October 25, 2013.

Josh Brolin in Oldboy (2013) Movie Poster

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  • Brent McKnight

    I hate to admit it, because I love the original, but that looks really fucking good.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Todd

      I’m right there with you, Brent. I expected to hate the trailer, but I actually think this could be worth a look. I have faith in Spike Lee.

  • Sojourner

    Curiously I wonder if there is still the mind **** in here (somehow I think the trailer is throwing us off). That being said, they somehow managed to make it MORE violent looking.


    I don’t want it to be exactly the same as the Korean original. I hope it’s gotta new spin. The ‘twisted sh*t’ should be different….and from this trailer, I think we’re gonna get it.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Well look at you Spike!! This looks pretty damned good! Different from the Korean and the Korean Comic as well. Looks like a good take on the story though. I’m in. Brolin looks pretty bad ass!

  • Lexavi80

    That’s not cool.

    THIS is cool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1xBQQnddwg

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Haters gonna hate!!

  • Joerg Nezmeskal

    Fuck these american remakes with no balls attached! Looks good but that´s all. No twist, no mindfuck, no bleak ending! That´s hollywood for you.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      And you know this how? If they even HINTED at a twist it’d be ruining the movie. Look at Terminator Salvation. That movie already had a lot against it, but had they kept the secret of Marcus’ being not human than it would’ve been a better experience.

      • Joerg Nezmeskal

        Come on, they showed the protagonist´s daughter on television in this trailer so it´s pretty obvious that they won´t follow the same route. The original angle is far to controversial for hollywood. But he, maybe I´m wrong at least I hope so but then I remember other remakes like the Departed or the Vanishing which lost their edge just to make them accessible.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          I’m pretty sure just because they showed a woman on TV who is supposed to be his daughter doesn’t preclude the twist ending we all know from the original. Just saying. I’ve seen this bait and switch plenty of times in movies.

  • http://moviehunger.com/ Movie Hunger

    Why I have this feeling that this movie will suck? I love the original so much… I’m worried the screenplay was literally “google translated” and the direction is 100% copycat…