The American remake of the South Korean revenge thriller that turned many Western eyes East follows a man whose thrown into a uniquely torturous prison for 20 years without any idea why. But the real mystery arises when he is abruptly set free. Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sharlto Copley co-star. Spike Lee directs.
Craving more crime stories with dramatic twists? Well Netflix has plenty to pick from. Whether you want to revisit the original Oldboy, check out a Lee landmark, or dig deep for a classic so iconic that it helped define film noir forever.
Oldboy (2003) A drunken mess of a businessman is unexpectedly abdupted off the streets of Korea and thrown into a solitary prison for 15 years without a word as to why. When he is finally set free, this mystery haunts him not so much as the demand for revenge, which he'll wreak with a crazy eye, and insatiable thirst for blood, and a hammer. Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji, and Dal-su Oh star; Chan-wook Park directs.
Do the Right Thing (1989) Set in a wickedly hot summer in Brooklyn, New York, this outrageous dramedy is perhaps the best known of all of Lee's joints. In a neighborhood where race informs identity and fuels rage, a young man is about to learn how small actions can lead to something big and terrible. Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Paul Benjamin, Frankie Faison, Samuel L. Jackson, and Rosie Pérez star. Lee directs.
Double Indemnity (1944) Writer-director Billy Wilder defined wit and noir for a generation, and with this film he made a legend of Barbara Stanwyck. The leggy leading lady stars as a femme fatale who seduces an insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray in a role that defied his casting niche) to help her murder her husband and make it look like an accident so she might collect a hefty life insurance check. Of course, she'll share her winnings with her new lover/co-killer. Of course she will. Wilder directs.