Y’s Christmas Cracker
The English Teacher
Remaking the ultra violent and uniquely moody Korean classic Old Boy was inherently risky and arguably pointless. Spike Lee directs Josh Brolin as the father who suddenly finds himself locked in a cell for no reason with only a telly for company. Released without explanation 20 years later, he is like a bearded animal hell-bent on revenge. Where the original’s extremity came with a dash of black comedy, this is just violence without any real dramatic impact.