Fresh from its strange 90’s garage rock band poster début a few days ago, Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy has its first trailer, and its [NSFW] red band brutality is essential and welcome. Starring Josh Brolin in the title role this time around, the remake has been dreaded by many the minute it was announced, and it’s understandable why. The Park Chan-wook 2003 revenge manifesto is pretty damn immaculate and original. However, there are at least a handful of us who heard Spike Lee was helming the remake, and became excited rather than concerned.
Although this trailer may look a little familiar here and there, there’s still an air of innovation that Lee brings to every film he makes. Don’t let the Hollywood trailer cut fool you, just take note of some of those shots and close-ups. I believe that Lee won’t let us down and this trailer, although not mind-blowing, is a forewarning of the insanity and originality that Spike Lee’s Oldboy is going to bring us in October.
One last thing, did you notice that you don’t ever see a single frame revealing the villain? I’ll take it as a sign!
By Chris Elena