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Don’t call Spike Lee’s latest project a remake

If you’re lucky enough to speak with Spike Lee on a good day, you get thoughtful and satisfying answers to your questions. If it’s a bad day, or if he’s tired out from too many moronic questions or accusations of not being original, you could be in for a tough time.

It was with trepidation that I picked up a ringing phone last week, with a caller ID that read “40 Acres and a.” The last word in Lee’s production company (“Mule”) was missing, but I knew who it was, and I knew that he had just finished a grueling day of interviews for his new film, an English-language take on Korean director Park Chan-wook’s twisted 2003 thriller “Oldboy.” The grim, violent, and sometimes darkly comic tale of revenge involves a man who is kidnapped and trapped in a sort of hotel room for 15 years, then released to finally meet his captor and try to figure out why this was done to him.

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