Oldboy remake gets new synopsis and release date

Get the lowdown on Spike Lee’s update

Spike Lee’s remake of seminal Korean thriller Oldboy has released a bunch of new details online, including a new synopsis and release date.

As far as the synopsis is concerned, there’s nothing much that should surprise fans of the original, although equally, there isn’t anything to cause them undue alarm either.

The story follows an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor's motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment .

His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an elusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation .”

Pretty much as it was in the original then, save for the amount of time the lead character is imprisoned for. They’ve added a further five years to his sentence this time around.

The film has also received an official release date, with Oldboy set to arrive in US cinemas on 11 October 2013. A UK date is yet to be confirmed.

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