First Bloody, Red-Band OLDBOY Trailer Picks Up The Hammer

Peter Martin, Managing Editor

Its very existence has already made Spike Lee's Oldboy arguably the most divisive movie of the year. Will the first trailer change anyone's mind?

Note that this trailer is the red-band version (i.e., Not Safe For Work) ... and it earns that distinction the old-fashioned way, with bloody imagery, profanities, glimpses of naked bodies, and so forth. Granted, I've only seen Park Chan-wook's version once (during its initial U.S. run) years ago, so I can't speak to any direct comparisons there, but I can say that the first official poster makes complete sense once you've seen the trailer, which is a sizzling tease for a potentially punishing ride. It looks crisp and cold and absolutely brutal. And, yes, the hammer is back, but other sharp-edged weapons are featured as well.

Josh Brolin stars as the ad executive mysteriously locked up for 20 years. Once he's released, Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson play into his quest for vengeance. Sharlto Copley is heard but not, apparently, seen. The movie opens in the U.S. on October 25.

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  • Speed

    The acting sucks.

  • Speed

    This is.... plain blasphemy.

  • Lysander

    In what way?

  • gomugomu

    spike lee should have replaced the jail food with slices of pizza in reference to "do the right thing"

  • jah p

    I know I'll get blasted for this, but I never quite understood all they hype and love for the Old boy film. To me compared to other Korean classics as "A Bittersweet Life", "The Chaser" , and even "The Man from Nowhere", and lets not forget the Sympathy trilogy set, IMO, and others who I've spoken with, this Old Boy film isn't even on the same level of those films I mentioned...

  • Steve

    I love Oldboy, and would take it over any of those other, also excellent films...except The Chaser, which was downright amazing from start to finish. Easily one of the best films I've seen from any country. I don't think viewers can go wrong with Oldboy or any of the ones you mention, but The Chaser is the best of the bunch for me, and people should be tracking it down ASAP. The director did another film called The Yellow Sea that is also really good, despite a slower start.

  • jah p

    I'm seeing the Yellow Sea next Steve! thanks for the suggestion!

  • Viet_Cong_Nurse

    The first thing I'm looking for when seeing Spike Lee's version is the fucking soundtrack. If the soundtrack doesn't draw me in immediately like original did? It's going to be a tough sit moving forward. So please Hollywood, impress me with the soundtrack for fuck sakes!

  • JP

    Reviewed the cast and now I think they changed the sister thing into a mom thing.

  • arturo

    I'm curious what Quentin Tarantino will make of this remake?? Will he support the movie the way Spike supported Quentin's last movie??

  • pink hat hat

    I may be showing my ignorance,but wasn't this film supposed to be based on the manga and not Park Chan Wooks film?Did it change along the way because a lot of tgis feels more like the film than the manga.although the trailer does seem to suggest that we maybe won't be getting the ending of the film but of thr manga

  • pink hat hat

    sorry about my poor spelling touch phone on a bus

  • KOF

    Here;s what's going to happen unfortunately. It will be faithful to the source material, and it'll actually be pretty darn good. But, it will flop because it's a remake predicated on a major twist at the end. So, once the spoliers go viral from those who are familiar with the Manga comic and Chan-wook's film, it'll cut right into opening weekend. It's not the "The Sixth Sense" or "The Crying Game" in which the stories/surprises were unknowns upon release - different phenomena.

    I'll see it. Only because I want to compare to Chan-wook's version.

  • Buddy

    Hmmmm... You can't top the classics. Remakes of an already amazing movie does not work. You're suppose to take a lousy movie that had potential and remake that! The original Oldboy is a masterpiece of filmmaking. The whole fucked up twist ending of the original has obviously been altered by dumb ass executives. Their reasoning... They think the average, American movie-goer is a worthless, ho-hum, dumb piece of shit that wouldn't know a good film if it came up and bit them! And you know what? They're right! That said, it does look like a well put together film (or trailer) and is should be a breath of fresh air for Spike Lee.

  • John Wills

    boycott this hollywood bs

  • Alex

    Wow, I can't believe their making a US remake of "Zinda", looks like they changed a few things though...

  • Sebo McPowers

    This gave me goosebumps :)
    I love the original, own it 4 times on Blu and DVD and saw it in the cinema twice, but I still like the trailer for the remake. Seems to get a lot things right and I'm interested how this version ends since he knows what his daughter looks like...

  • Lysander

    I've read that they're not going with the revenge-incest ending. Instead, something closer to the ending of the original graphic novel.

  • mmvm

    Looks like a hollow remake. I recognized more similarities to the original Korean film than the manga. Don't think it can mimic the raw visceral energy.

  • Lulu Liu

    It's Taken Old Boy style. Not seeing this for same reason I didn't see The Departed. I prefer the original.

  • Art Vandelay

    How do you know you prefer the original if you haven't seen the remakes?

  • Snoop Lion

    The Departed is an improvement on Infernal Affairs.

  • captain wolf

    Don't know, fell asleep on the Departed twice, never finished it. Watched the Infernal Affairs trilogy three or four times though...

  • Speed

    Without Infernal Affairs there won't be The Departed. Just like that.

  • Sean Smithson

    Agreed.

  • TasteYourParty

    Looks good but knowing the ending kinda spoils it. Hope they do something a little different. And I hope they capture the same raw someone "unchoreographed" feel of the hammer fight.

  • Fub Frank

    Doesnt look bad but still not feeling it.

  • Douglas Roy

    I hate to admit this but this actually seems to capture much of the dread and suspense of the original film. So far it looks like Lee is staying close to the original premise. True, there is nothing like the original Park Chan-Wook film but....

  • pootietang

    Yeah....ok. Something about it just seems off to me. I suppose having the original manga and the Korean flick already in my head as comparison is subconsciously making me not want to accept this. Needless to say, I'm conflicted.
    I hate to judge on a first trailer though so, yeah, still keeping those hopes up.

  • cuttermaran

    I've seen that flick already somewhere

  • Benoit lafleche

    Alright, alright, I'll admit the trailer looks solid....

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