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Film review

Spike Lee adds wrinkles to revenge story remake 'Oldboy'

Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen star in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy.”
Photographer: FilmDistrict Pictures
Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen star in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy.”
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A Hollywood remake of “Oldboy” sounds daunting, improbable and guaranteed to fail. Originally made in 2003 by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, the movie, which was inspired by a popular manga, delved into thematic territory where American movies rarely tread, had an unconventional plot structure and style, and included instances of violence and other things (such as the eating of a live octopus on camera, its tentacles wriggling out of a man’s mouth) that would ...

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