We’re neck deep in New York Comic Con, but our longest day is over, filled with interviews with folks from Legendary Comics, Big Ass Spider!, and “Robot Chicken,” wrapping up with Oldboy. For the latter we have new footage descriptions and a trio of special NYCC stills.
We’ll be back soon with more in-depth information from our interviews with Oldboy stars Pom Klementieff, who lost a toenail while doing battle on the set, and Michael Imperioli, who promised us that violence has a very important place in this film, and screenwriter Mark Protosevich, who assured us this incarnation of Oldboy will retain a level of intensity moviegoers won’t soon forget… so just give it a chance, won’t ya? In the meantime we figured we’d unload about the three excellent clips we caught at the show.
The film’s PR reps passed around a laptop for us to watch two clips we were told were exclusive to us in that room. The place was noisy, the picture was small, and there were six of us watching so bear with me. Suffice to say, mother fuckin’ SPOILER WARNING. Continue at your own peril.
Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) turns up at Chucky’s, a dimly lit bar run by his longtime friend who also happens to be one of the last people to see him before the disappearance. Chucky (Michael Imperioli) doesn’t recognize him at first but then welcomes him in, still uneasy. Chucky asks what he could have done to deserve what happened to him. Joe’s phone rings, and an image titled “The Invisible Man” pops up. Joe answers, hesitant, and is greeted by the voice of the film’s central villain, Adrian Pryce (Sharlto Copley). I heard very little of this last bit, but Pryce says some evil things to Joe and shakes him up.
We are in Chucky’s bar again, and Joe is at a stool while the bar is populated with normal folks. Joe gets a call from Pryce again but this time realizes he is in the room. The second he sees him on the phone, he grabs a weapon and rushes toward him, only to be quickly manhandled and beaten down by Pryce’s female bodyguard, Haeng-Bok (Pom Klementieff). She’s quick to act and brutal in her execution. Joe is on the ground in seconds.
This one was shown during the panel with a little intro from Josh Brolin brandishing a cardboard looking hammer he waved around with no small amount of amusement as he thanked the fans at NYCC for their support and hoped they’d like what they were about to see. Trust me when I say NO ONE was prepared for what they were about to see.
A bearded man arrives to pick up a large order of food from a busy Asian restaurant. Joe Doucett is watching. As the man leaves, Joe is in pursuit. As he speeds off in a black SUV, Joe snatches a hammer from a woman in an alley and steals a delivery bike to follow. Soon after, the car reaches its destination and Joe slips in, unnoticed. Joe takes out the first guard with barely a sound and confronts the bearded man in a freight elevator, sending his hammer crashing through his skull with a quick eruption of CG blood. A man looks over to the elevator camera monitor and sees Joe, whose face is shielded by all the food packages. The young guard tells him to drop the food on the table and Joe does so in a casual manner, then walks over to the guard and seems to stare into his face for a moment before burying the claw of the hammer in his skull. The motion was so forceful, it takes a little wiggle to get it back out.
Soon after, we see Chaney (Sam Jackson) sitting before a wall of monitors, all with prisoners like Joe. He says, “Feeding time for the animals,” and then he gets aggravated that the person who seemingly is to be doing the feeding has not arrived. He goes to check on the situation and is taken down by Joe. In the next scene we see Chaney is flat on his back. He angrily demands to be let free so they can fight man to man. Joe’s answer is to draw a dotted line on his neck. Chaney suggests he think about what he’s doing, prompting the badass response we know so well from the trailer: “I’ve been thinking about this for 20 years.” Then we get to see what happens next. Joe hovers over and goes to work. The act he is committing seems strenuous and Chaney is certainly not enjoying it, but you quickly realize it must not be something to cause a quick death as Chaney’s voice remains loud and strong. As Joe pulls back, we see he has not used his tiny box cutter to saw off Chaney’s head like I thought he would, but instead has cut a sliver from his neck. Joe then cuts a second sliver and puts it methodically into a nearby wastebasket. The size of the cut-out, in and of itself, is unnerving. Chaney suggests if Joe stops now, Joe might be able to get out of there alive. Joe seems amused by this and replies he’ll stop when he can pull off Chaney’s head with his bare hands.
This new version of Oldboy promises to follow the manga more closely than the original with as much character-driving dialogue as there is frantic, sudden, brutal violence. I, personally, can’t wait to see how this turns out!
Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley, Oldboy was directed by Spike Lee from a script by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell, Thor). The film was produced by Roy Lee, Doug Davison, and Nathan Kahane. It arrives in theatres on Wednesday, November 27th.
OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucett, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free.
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