Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olson, Sharlto Copley, Michael Imperioli, Samuel L. Jackson
Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language , Running time 104 minutes, Mystery/Action/Drama
Compare to: The Machinist (2004), Death Sentence (2007)
Much like Oliver Stone, Spike Lee is one those directors that’s difficult to differentiate from his movies. Aside from being vocal about whatever he has an opinion on, so much of his own character is put into the majority of his films that upon hearing that he would be remaking the 2003 Korean film of the same title, it seemed unnecessary yet an intriguing idea all the same.
And while Lee had a major task ahead of him, as any director of a remake has, he goes back and forth between delivering the appropriate strikes. While one scene is full of drama and mystery, the next completely undoes it all with gratuitous violence that seemed to have no other purpose than to shock. Continue reading