Fresh Air’s film critic David Edelstein reviews Spike Lee's newest film Oldboy, a remake of a South Korean revenge film:
Spike Lee’s movies carry the label, “A Spike Lee Joint,” but Oldboy doesn’t. He calls it “a Spike Lee Film,” which my guess is Lee’s way of saying he’s gun for hire—and that after a line of box-office failures and difficulty getting financing for personal projects, he can make a fast, violent action thriller. And as it happens, he can, a more than decent one. But this is also the first time I’ve come out of a Spike Lee film, bad or good, and not known why it had to be made. It’s brutal, effective, and utterly without urgency.