Going into The Old Man blind, at first you may be thinking this as a spinoff of Don’t Breathe. It has the same vibes at first. But as it goes on, it turns into something else entirely, and you become invested to see the story unfold.
The plot sees an old man residing in a remote cabin, and a stranger shows up at his door. As the two interact with each other, it becomes clear one or both of them are hiding a secret endgame that will affect their comraderie they have built.
Stephen Lang plays the titular old man, and he does so well playing the gruff codgy old man archetype. You have the stranger who is young, polite, and eager to get on good terms. Most of the movie is them telling their life stories but there is a menacing tone throughout. It’s an intimate setting with two men just yakking it up. Old guy with experience on how hard Iife can be, and the young one who is struggling with that.
Now with that being said, many might find it boring just waiting on something to happen but the way the conversations go and the two interact, it can be anything but boring as well. It will depend on the viewer and what they get out of it. I was invested, waiting on the eventual payoff. And when the payoff does come, it’s not what would expect at all. It’s going to befuddle you because it comes out of nowhere and changes the tone of the movie.
All in all, I found the movie engaging. This is a Lucky Mcgee production and he does well in crafting horror in an intimate light. Making it more human and showing the monsters that people can be. You may like it, you may not. Or like me, just fall right in the middle where you don’t hate it but it’s not exactly the perfect horror either. I would say it’s worth the time checking into, and you can find this streaming on Hulu.
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