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“Oldboy” follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. 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. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.
Olsen looks sullen, tattooed, and goth. Given the subject matter of “Oldboy”, that seems thematically appropriate for the role. Brolin on the other hand looks like he’s spent better part of the last two decades doing pushups. Considering his character has been locked up exactly that long, that’s also rather fitting.
As much as this remake is completely unnecessary, and we all fear that it’ll be a watered-down shadow of the source material, I can’t help but like the cast, which also includes Samuel L. Jackson. If anything can save “Oldboy”, it will have to be that. We’ll see how that turns out.
“Oldboy” opens on October 11, 2013.