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Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’

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Oldboy

Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley

Director Spike Lee had trouble getting financing to make this film, (and why is a director of his caliber still struggling to get his movies made?) and he had difficulties retaining his original cast, but despite the fact that the project was beset by a number of obstacles, the veteran filmmaker has pulled off a magical production. Josh Brolin plays Joe Doucett, an executive who is kidnapped and held in solitary confinement for 20 years, and then is inexplicably released. While confined, he is framed for his wife’s murder. Of course there’s only one thing on his mind when he does gain his freedom, no, make that two; finding the daughter who was an infant at the beginning of his confinement, and exacting revenge against the person responsible for his decades-long torment. Don’t miss this Spike Lee Joint, it sizzles. –p.d. lee