Old Man (2022) Review

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Old Man (2022) Review

Horrorific content by angie on October 14th, 2022 | Movie Review | Drama, Cabin in the Woods, Psychological, Wilderness, Thriller, Mystery, Isolation

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It's about a lost hiker who enters a cabin in the woods in the middle of nowhere occupied by a mysterious old man.

Old Man was directed by Lucky McKee (Deathcember, Kindred Spirits, and All Cheerleaders Die) and stars Stephen Lang (Mid-Century, VFW, and Don't Breathe), Marc Senter (The Free Fall,Red White & Blue, and  Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever), Patch Darragh (Cam), and Liana Wright-Mark.

Old Man (2022) Review

A hiker comes across an old cabin in the woods occupied by an older man. As they chat, the old man reveals a terrifying secret.

Lang is fantastic in the lead role.

The film "Old Man" is driven by its characters and their dialogue, and Lang effortlessly keeps audiences invested. The old man in the movie is eccentric, terrifying, and even funny. The leading actor in the film is the driving force behind the project, and it would be difficult to imagine anyone else in the role.

Lucky McKee stated in a recent interview on the Adventures in Movies podcast that this is due to Lang's theater background. As a result, he could immerse himself in the role in a way not every actor could. This means that Lang could get deeper into the character than other actors because of his theater experience.

The performance is so good it almost outshines the central mystery.

It may sound like a negative thing, but it's helpful to Old Man by emphasizing its two main characters more. The two main characters in the movie spend most of the film talking to each other, so it's essential that their conversation feels natural.

The performances in the film are excellent, with Senter particularly standing out as the uneasy hiker. He looks worried and out of place, and Lang's character constantly has him on the ropes with his questions and comments. Even though the man in the story seems trustworthy, it's hard not to wonder why he was wandering around in the middle of nowhere. So naturally, the audience will be worried for the character, but at the same time, they won't be sure whether or not to trust him.

These characters are so well-written that audiences will feel a real connection to them.

As the conversation continues, the speaker and the person they are talking to will take turns feeling scared and like they are in danger. The movie doesn't give anything away until the very end. Instead, it uses the whole movie to build up suspense.

Old Man runs the risk of becoming tiresome by putting such an emphasis on the story. Nowadays, theatergoers have come to expect large casts and ambitious set pieces. McKee's philosophy is all about getting people to engage with his content. The superb acting and mysterious setup will keep viewers from checking out.

Things will progress so that audiences will become more and more engaged in the plot, even though there isn't much action taking place.

After a careful buildup that lasts most of the film, Old Man rushes towards its conclusion. Some viewers may even miss how the story got from one point to the next. It's a fun twist, and the ending is excellent, but the film feels like it rushes into the climax.

Worth Watching? 

Old Man is still an entertaining movie and, if anything, is even more enjoyable to watch a second time. This piece will get people talking about guilt, remorse, and love. This movie is a reminder that the scariest things are the ones that stay with us.

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