First off, the remake of OLDBOY. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this film, even though I am a Josh Brolin fan in most cases. So I thought I'd take a chance and see what I get. It's playing on Netflix Instant Watch, which makes this feature oh-so-much easier. I'm not really giving away too much by sharing the first ten, so let's break this thing down...
Right off we get a straight-forward title sequence that just spells out the title while attaching the star's name. We move directly into the movie without further ado, which pleases me. (Nothing grinds my gears more than a ten minute barrage of boring credits. Please stop, I'm already losing interest!) As mentioned, Josh Brolin stars as the main character and we immediately find him leaving a bar with friends, making plans to get together again then promptly heading into the liquor store and following up with pissing in an alley. You can already gauge that he's a real class act. Furthering that example of impeccable breeding is a shot of him adding vodka to a plain-jane styrofoam cup to conceal an obvious drinking problem. He heads in to work (was he on a lunch break? is he just coming in?), late and being bombarded by the secretary with the irritated messages of people that probably count on him for one thing or another and are obviously being let down. Getting the impression that he's more or less a loser.
|Vodka. The breakfast of champions.|
At this point we're only 6.45 in and I'm fairly interested. That's not to say I like it better than the original because I doubt that could be possible. But it's keeping my attention.
|"I'll give you three reasons I'm an asshole..."|
At the 10:00 mark we see Michael Imperioli opening his bar door, ultimately changing his mind and looking for his friend. Instead we see the Chinese toy Joe had purchased for his daughter on the ground at the door.
|Shades of things to come...|
But it's also been a good ten minutes in my opinion, establishing the character, adding mystery and possible intrigue with the Asian woman (twice), and ending the first ten minutes in fine fashion by having Joe disappear. I have to say, it made me want to continue to see what happens next. Obviously if you're like me and have already seen the original (which would be near-impossible to top) you know the story, but if not then it could still be a surprise to you.
The decision of whether or not this is a good film has yet to be determined, but for all intents and purposes, it's off to a decent start. It's quite possible a full review will be forthcoming - which is the ultimate marker of whether or not a film is worth it to me. Stay tuned.