Hard-hearted and ostentatiously nasty, this psychological thriller is the most stylish movie Spike Lee has directed for years. But that’s not saying it’s worth seeing for the casual observer. It’s an English-language remake of Park Chan-wook’s ultra-violent South Korean pic of the same title, a 2003 cult hit that Lee and writer Mark Protosevich – adapting the Japanese manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi – populate with lean, mean killing machine Josh Brolin, innocent victim Elizabeth Olsen, a cast of picturesque goons (including Samuel L. Jackson and Sharlto Copley), and much kinky scene-setting. Major saving grace: the performances of Brolin and Olsen. Give them a decent set-up and they’re unstoppable. But the movie struggles despite them (104 min.).
Director: Spike Lee
Producer: Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, John Middleton and Peter Schlessel
Cast: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Michael Imperioli, Linda Emond, James Ransone, Max Casella, Pom Klementieff, Samuel Jackson, Elvis Nolasco, Rami Malek, Lance Reddick, Hannah Ware, Richard Portnow, Hannah Simone and Ciera Payton