The original Korean version of Oldboy is one of the darkest, most violent, and most entertaining foreign films to ever be made. it is brutal, intelligent, and fascinating. It is a movie very rooted in Korean culture so I was interested to see how an American remake would handle it. The answer: not well. Not only is the Oldboy remake a bad remake, it is also a failure in such a bewildering way. Director Spike Lee doesn’t always make the best films but if there is one thing that his movies are, it’s evocative. Oldboy is just empty and lifeless, there is no trace on creative energy behind it. It’s like filmmaking auto pilot. This is strange for Spike Lee as his films are generally so unique. This version of Oldboy is just flat and boring. Avoid it.