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Avenge this Film Review: Oldboy (2013) | The Man Cave Cinema

Arriving ten years after the landmark South Korean film that put director Park Chan-wook on the map, Spike Lee's Oldboy remake is as high profile as they come. Less of a noir voyage into the nature of vengeance and more of a mystery thriller with an aspect of revenge, it starts out along the same path as the original but diverges more and more as the story progresses. Despite hitting some of the same beats along the way, it carves out its own niche and doesn't feel like the same film at its core. It certainly tries to honor the intentions of the original while trying something different, but how audiences respond to it may depend on how much the first one has endeared itself to them.

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