Spike Lee's superfluous duplication of Oldboy brings to mind Samuel Johnson's famous 18th-century witticism, likening a woman preaching to a dog walking on its hind legs: "It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."
Was anyone really crying out for an English-language version of the nasty 2003 aboriginal? Korean director Chan-wook Park's sick, savage revenge saga translated all too vividly with subtitles alone.
Lee's reverent re-creation quickly introduces us to the horrid excuse for a human being that is Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin). Joe isn't all that surprised to come to one morning in what looks like a cheap motel room. Until he discovers it's really a cell. Where he will be held in isolation for the next 20 years, his only company the empty cacophony of TV.