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Old Boy (2013)

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Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Tom Melby
James Prestley
Edwina Burke
Daniel Newcombe
Donna Hawthorne
Bernie Sharkey
Stephanie Lee


An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. Written by FilmDistrict

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA)  »

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Oldboy  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$885,382, 27 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,162,593, 16 December 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elizabeth Olsen did not know the ending of the film until she watched it for the first time at the New York premiere. "I've never been more shocked and surprised by an ending since maybe like The Sixth Sense (1999)," said Olsen. "No one spoiled it for me. No one hinted at it for me. And I got to experience it with just a blank canvas." See more »


After being imprisoned in 1993, Joe turns on the TV and as he surf the channels a fragment of Xena: Warrior Princess is seen, but Xena did not start on TV until late 1995. It is thought that this is an anachronism, but this is the first in a series of scenes that montage the passage of the twenty years incarceration. It is not clear how much time has passed between his imprisonment and being framed for the murder of his former partner, from whom he has become estranged for some time, but it is more than a few days and less than a few years given the next chronological news snippet. See more »


Chaney: [as Joe straps him down and interrogates him with a knife blade] Wait. What?
Joe Doucett: Hold still...
Chaney: Cocksucker!
[Joe continues to cut his neck]
Chaney: Ow! Ow! Motherfucker. OW! SHIT!
Joe Doucett: [smirks] Heh, heh.
Joe Doucett: No, fuck you!
[Joe cuts him more]
Chaney: OH! YOU BOOGER-EATING, PISS-DRINKING MOTHERFUCKER! If you stop now you may get out of here alive!
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Joe's Cell Phone Ringtone - School Cue
Written and performed by Bruce Hornsby
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People hate when a classic is remade, but this one is great!
14 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Oldboy is a remake or reimagination of the 2003 korean movie Oldeuboi. This new version has been badgered by both critics and viewers as a poor, shallow remake, that soils the memory of the original. I disagree. This one was great. The premise is the same as Oldeuboi, a man gets impriosoned for 20 years without knowing why, and when he gets out he seeks out vengeance. But its not that linear. The story is filled with mysteries, and keeps making the viewer asking questions, the same questions as the protagonist, despite him not being the most likable man. Why was he impriosioned, who did it, why was he released? Also the story is dark, twisted and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. A great story, a great mystery. The acting was very good, Josh Brolin does a very nice job, as does Sharlto Copley as the main antagonist. But the movie isn't without flaws. In my opinion the 20 years feel a little bit fast-paced, and don't feel like 20 years but maybe as 20 months. And some product placement was unnecessary. But overall great movie, unworthy of all the hate it has received. On a personal note, I have watched the original, and I liked this one very much. Everyone is comparing this one with the original, and I think that's a mistake. This is a new movie, a new take on the same premise, it has some homages to the original, and that's it. The original was brilliant, but it wasn't without flaw, and neither is this one.If you hate when someone makes a remake of a cult classic you love and you're not open to a new vision on that movie, stay away from this one. If you just love movies, and if you want to watch a great remake, a great reimagination, I think you will enjoy this very much.

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