OLDBOY. Directed by Spike Lee. With Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharlto Copley. Netflix.
CHENKA NKHATA reviews
Spike Lee is known for making movies with political undertones. But Oldboy is nothing of the sort. It’s a psychological thriller. And I’ll admit, I was frustrated within 10 minutes of watching this movie. I was thinking to myself, where the hell is this movie going?
Then just after the 10 minute mark something strange in the movie happened. I thought to myself: “Well, this is a bit interesting”. And slowly, the movie moved from interesting to just downright strange. I gave it another 30 minutes and then it slowly turned into a full-blown psychological thriller, with some graphic violence thrown in a bit later.
And then towards the end, the thing that every good movie should have, happened. The big scene that makes you go: “What the Fuck! No no no no that did not just happen! Let me please pause for a minute.” That scene that reminds you of the first time you saw Khaleesi straddling her dragon and pulverizing a thousand souls at once. That scene which makes you remember a movie even if most of it was forgettable. As some like to call it, The Big Twist.
My next thought was, I was NOT expecting that. This is evil …
Read more: Oldboy is a 2013 American neo-noir action thriller film. The film is an official remake, or as labelled by director Spike Lee a “reinterpretation”, of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 South Korean film of the same name. Both are adapted from a Japanese manga, also of the same name. RogerEbert.com described it as “a lively commercial genre picture with a hypnotic, obsessive quality, and an utter indifference to being liked, much less approved of.”