December 1st, 2013

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Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 4.6/10 (1,946 voted)

Director: Spike Lee

An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

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Taglines: Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.

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Filming Locations: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?

Cinqué Lee, Spike Lee's brother, plays the Bellhop pictured on the wall in the prison room and appears as a hallucination. This may be an in-joke to the Jim Jarmusch film Mystery Train (1989) where he also played a Bellhop. Spike Lee and Jarmusch are good friends and were former film students at NYU (Jarmusch directed Lee siblings as well in Coffee and Cigarettes II (1989). See more »

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Cinema used to be so captive. Only ten years ago there were a number of interesting stories being told. Now, in America at least, story-telling has stalled. It's all about making something new, when new means a re-telling of old.

And thank goodness for Asian cinema. Brave enough to try new themes and directions; unerring in this task for many a year.

If you have seen the 2003 Korean (original) film - part of the Vengeance Trilogy - you'll know that this film is not required.

I have no problem with Josh Brolin, but Hollywood seems to have lost its way somewhat.

A waste of your time, when the original is so excellent.

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