Saturday, 25 January 2014


It's films like Spike Lee's Oldboy that give remakes a bad name. This dull and distasteful retread of Park Chan Wook's ten-year-old classic thriller sapped all of Park's idiosyncratic verve out of its challenging material, replacing it with styleless, gratuitous violence, a generous dose of misogyny and a hammy performance of such overblown theatricality from Sharlto Copley that it would have ended his career, had more people seen the film. It's an embarrassment for FilmDistrict, soon to be merged (and effectively transformed) into Focus Features, that they were behind such drivel, and the film has only just scraped together a little over three times as much as the Korean Oldboy made, ten years ago, and in less than a twentieth of the theatres.