Josh Brolin as ad executive Joe Doucette suddenly set free after 20 years in Spike Lee's "Oldboy"

Josh Brolin as ad executive Joe Doucette suddenly set free after 20 years in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy”

*Spike Lee’s take on one of the sickest revenge films in cinema history hits theaters today – ten years after the original sucker-punched audiences with its unnerving twist.

“Oldboy,” in both films, follows a businessman who is kidnapped and held alone in a hotel room for more than a decade before being released. He has no idea who took him, why he was held, or why he was suddenly let go. But once free, he makes it his mission to find the person responsible for the entire ordeal.

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Director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 Korean original quickly became a cult fave. It remains to be seen whether Spike Lee can deliver as much of a stir, but star James Brolin hopes fans of the first film will respect how Lee and screenwriter Mark Protosevich have put their stamp on the story.

“The original ‘Oldboy’ is very story driven, whereas I feel like this ‘Oldboy’ is more performance driven,” Brolin told us during recent interviews for the film. “It gets more into the guy in the hotel room and in the makeshift prison and more into the psychology of how f***ed up this guy is.”

Below, Brolin says he sought Park Chan-wook’s opinion on remaking the film before agreeing to take on the title role.

“Oldboy” opens in theaters today (Nov. 27). Watch the trailer below.