Excellent movie, A definitely MUST SEE (by margusmikitski)
First of all I have to say I have not seen the original movie and i was not that familiar with the plot itself.The movie was excellent not to say superb, i think the story itself is one of the most original ones. A man is imprisoned by "someone" for 20 years and then let go for reasons unknown. The imprisoned now will want revenge and wants to find out who and why did this.The plot itself 10/10. Acting is good, but I would have wanted to see more of the charecteristics and motives explained.This is definitely a MUST WATCH movie for everybody who has not seen the original. I can not <more>
understand how is the rating so low at the moment. Should be 8/10 definitely.
This movie was suspenseful with many unexpected twists and turns in the plot that kept my rapt attention. The ending was to me a surprise. Loved seeing Samuel L. Jackson in it as well as Josh Brolin - two of my favorite actors. To me the movie was strange, different, disturbing, chilling, and nothing I've ever seen before. Just enough violence and romantic tension to keep things interesting. Though I saw a couple of people who reviewed the movie talking about a "remake" if you've never seen whatever the original is and don't know anything about it, then you're seeing <more>
it through fresh untainted, unbiased eyes. To me it was fantastic, so good that I'm going to watch it again with my house mates this weekend.
Entertaining,shocking one to watch (by cahillkaren)
OK to start of whats with the awful comments about this movie judge this movie by itself try not compare.I've Never seen the original gave this a chance after some terrible reviews..glad i gave it a go great fight scene great story kept me wondering till the end give it a go you wont be disappointedI also just created this account just to review this movie and actually on valentines night with my boyfriend and he also loved it.so if your a fan of the original by majority of comments here you should skip it.if you have an open mind and enjoy violence give this a view. Only spike lee movie <more>
i ever watched Might check some of his other stuff.. Good job.
Love it or Hate it, It's a surprisingly good remake! (by johnvonmacz)
After I saw the movie "I Saw The Devil", I checked out right away who directed it at IMDb. I saw it's Park Chan Wook and while I scroll down to his filmography I came across the movie "Oldboy" and heard that it's one of the best twist ending of all time. I'm a fan of twist endings and check out the movie. I thought it was a good movie. Not great but good. Now 13 years after the original, Spike Lee Directed the remake of this movie. Lot's of people who love the Original started to bash it and said why remake? Well, as a movie buff, I actually find it <more>
annoying to keep reading subtitles while watching a foreign movie. It's hard to focus on the movie itself if I keep looking at the subtitles. So I actually thought remaking this movie make sense especially for English viewers who haven't seen the original. Anyway back to the remake movie itself. While I was in the theater, I kept comparing the differences between this and the original and honestly, it's almost identical except the beginning and the last few minutes that leads to a jaw dropping ending. Also because I already saw the original, the ending is not as shocking as before so I watched this movie with a different mindset and low expectations. In the end, I prefer the Remake, I wish I haven't seen the Original. Why? I felt like the remake's story is more detailed and clear than the original. Josh Brolin's performance is excellent. The whole movie itself is just as entertaining as the original or better. So if you haven't seen the Original, I say go watch this Remake now!
Greetings from Lithuania.I cannot understand how this great film has got such a low rating here on IMDb. Believe me - this rating has got nothing to do with this film itself. I would guess that this rating reflects many people reaction to the director, not the movie i think you know what i mean . "Oldboy" 2013 is great film, i have to admit i liked it ever more than the original. Yes, it's that good. Acting by all involved was really great, writing, cinematography were also very solid, and the ending was so unexpected to say at least - i saw the original in 2004 so i remembered <more>
only the main plot. Overall, skip the negative reviews and shamefully low rating and watch this film, it's a really good one.
Don't listen to the Spike Lee haters with Crappy Reviews, This movie was worth the Watch!!! (by curleyac)
First, I must admit that I usually read 3/4 s of movie reviews on the IMDb site prior to watching a new movie on ITunes and/or new DVD. I dropped the ball on the Old Boy remake. I saw the original and must say it was really intense and GRUESOME. I was in awe of the acting and amazed how easy it was to follow, even subtitled. OK, but I am here to review the Spike Lee Joint, as he always proclaims. So here we go. Sub-Rating is in parenthesis.Acting 10/10 Josh Bronlin and Elizabeth Olsen were fantastic and extremely believable. Kudos to Spike and the Casting Director for finding the right <more>
characters and also for bringing in Samuel L. Jackson as the Landlord for what I like to call the Hell Hotel....I was very impressed to re-live "Old Boy" with popular characters we probably know and enjoy watching.Cinematography 8/10 Spike Lee has a knack of putting his own touch on films with unusual camera angles and unique character positioning. The fight scene choreography was well done and believe from beginning to end. The other truly unique thing was the placement of the sign that reads "Guns Don't Kill People....People Kill People. Storyline 910 The plot was extremely believable and of course it being a remake followed pretty well with original. Finally, if you did not know that this was not the first movie Samuel L. Jackson did which dealt with the subject of incest. He portrayed a father who committed incest with his daughter, unknowingly. The movie title was "The Samaritan". It's not one of his best movies. The acting was good but the plot strayed a lot and it was quite boring. There you go. Though it is a remake which usually brings in a lot of biased reviews as shown in the past. I recommend you give it a chance. It will surprise you.
People hate when a classic is remade, but this one is great! (by suws1)
Oldboy is a remake or reimagination of the 2003 korean movie Oldeuboi. This new version has been badgered by both critics and viewers as a poor, shallow remake, that soils the memory of the original. I disagree. This one was great. The premise is the same as Oldeuboi, a man gets impriosoned for 20 years without knowing why, and when he gets out he seeks out vengeance. But its not that linear. The story is filled with mysteries, and keeps making the viewer asking questions, the same questions as the protagonist, despite him not being the most likable man. Why was he impriosioned, who did it, <more>
why was he released? Also the story is dark, twisted and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. A great story, a great mystery. The acting was very good, Josh Brolin does a very nice job, as does Sharlto Copley as the main antagonist. But the movie isn't without flaws. In my opinion the 20 years feel a little bit fast-paced, and don't feel like 20 years but maybe as 20 months. And some product placement was unnecessary. But overall great movie, unworthy of all the hate it has received. On a personal note, I have watched the original, and I liked this one very much. Everyone is comparing this one with the original, and I think that's a mistake. This is a new movie, a new take on the same premise, it has some homages to the original, and that's it. The original was brilliant, but it wasn't without flaw, and neither is this one.If you hate when someone makes a remake of a cult classic you love and you're not open to a new vision on that movie, stay away from this one. If you just love movies, and if you want to watch a great remake, a great reimagination, I think you will enjoy this very much.
DO NOT let other reviewers sway you away from this movie..Average non-snob review follows. (by Freakaccident)
I have never seen the original so I can't compare the two. I won't see the original because if I wanted to read I would use a book. I really liked this movie. The story was great, the acting was very good, it wasn't slow, and the action scenes were great. Josh Brolin did a great job! I was really surprised at his physical transformation throughout the movie. The story was awesome and the ending completely shook me. This was a Sixth Sense type ending for me. Don't read the rest of these reviews and decide not to watch it. Snobs will be snobs. A very very good movie in my <more>
I am probably in the minority when it comes to thinking the original Oldboy wasn't that good. It had a crazy plot twist and a lasting shock effect but it wasn't that special. After seeing the spike lee version I actually wished I never saw the original because this version does A lot of things so much better. Even though I preferred the originals voice-overs, the updated version had a much more thought out reason for the imprisonment and revenge. It made much more sense for the plot twist as well. It even had some clever nods to the original. Tongue? My biggest gripes of the movie <more>
would be the expansion of the role played by Samuel L Jackson. It played a slight bonding role but it just really irked me. Also the slight showing of Doucett's "learned" fighting ability. The ending doesn't have the same level of sadness the original had but it was still hollowing.With the better acting Sharlto Copley is freaky good and more cohesive script/plot, I definitely say this is better than original.