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‘Oldboy’ (US, 2013)

Currently streaming on Netflix [link: http://www.netflix.com] is the ten year after the fact/flop remake of the unexpected masterpiece ‘Oldboy.’

Scenes from the movie.
Scenes from the movie.
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This remake is directed by notoriously savage director Spike Lee, and is very well executed and adapted to suit the typical American moviegoers attention span of about an hour and a half. Yes, this version is not nearly as fulfilling as the original, but it still has a lot of the unexpectedly awesome action scenes, blood curdling twists, and decent performances given by a mostly unknown cast.

Supposedly, the original adapted script went even beyond the original’s 120 minutes and contained even more unsettling material. Now, whether or not that’s true, if any of that footage was shot, and if one day a “director’s/extended” cut will ever be seen is presently a mystery.

However, I am delighted to inform you that both versions (the original and the remake) are currently available to stream via Netflix Instant. My suggestion to you, as far as which one to view is simple – if you don’t mind reading subtitles in exchange for a longer and more complete story – watch the original. But if the sound of a foreign tongue causes your ear to vibrate maliciously, opt for the remake. Both versions tell a captivating story that will have you on the edge of your seat If for no other reason, watch both versions because they have different endings.

throughout either run time. Better yet, view both versions and decide which you prefer. Regardless – watch this movie as it is a real rarity in this day and age – unpredictable.

The story is about a man who is unexpectedly kidnapped and then imprisoned for over ten years, kept in isolation for that time and then unexpectedly released. Then he finds himself trying to locate his captor and discover why. All the while trying to avoid detection because he is now wanted. Everything culminates in a must see epic climax of revenge, betrayal, and deception.

Finally, whichever option you choose, just sit back and smile that it could have been a lot worse (as the remake was originally set to star Keanu Reeves).