Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Oldboy by Spike Lee - one of the best movies you've never heard of

Oldboy, a 2013 remake by director Spike Lee, was just released on Netflix this past weekend.

It stars Josh Brolin as a self-centered alcoholic advertising salesman named Joe Doucett, who is married and has a young daughter.  In a drunken stupor, he finds himself kidnapped and locked away in an apartment for 20 years.  All he knows is that his wife was murdered and he's the prime suspect.  At the end of twenty years, in which time he does clean himself up and even tries to escape, he finds himself free and is hell bent on discovering the secret to his twenty-year captivity.

Now, this is all I'm going to say at this point, because, if you have Netflix and love a great action movie, this one should be the next one on your list.  Here's the Wikipedia link to Oldboy (2013 remake), but skip the critical reception.  I'm saddened that it did so poorly at the box offices.

There are a number of action scenes in this movie that completely blew me away.  I'm not sure if Spike Lee used the power of computer-generated enhancements, but the majority--if not all--of the action scenes are lengthy, masterfully crafted, complex, and appears to be done all in one shot.  Well done!  There was even a scene where a certain father figure (you'll have to watch the movie to see this) goes around the house with a double-barrelled shotgun, and blows his family away.  It's tragic and the end to that scene--also appears to be done in one shot (no pun intended)--is mind blowing (or, rather, head blowing).

If you love a good action flick, be sure to check it out.  It's one of the better movies you've never heard of.

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