Do you remember No Country for Old Men? That was one of the first movies to put Josh Brolin in the spotlight as well as Javier Bardem. Since that movie Bardem has gone on to some stinkers like The Counselor, but has also gone onto become one of the more memorable Bond villians in the last twenty years. Josh Brolin went on to act in Jonah Hex, Men in Black III, Gangster Squad and 2013's Old Boy. It's hard to say that Brolin is the common denominator in all these junky movies, but it appears to be so. I think I might have let the cat out of the bag on how I feel about Old Boy. But I think the title of the article gives that away as well.
Now that Old Boy has come to Netflix instant, I took advantage of the convenience and spent my Wednesday morning watching this freaky movie. Forget coffee, if you want something to wake you up in the morning, this might do just fine.
To give you a synopsis of this movie might make it seem a little too fantastical. A drunk gets locked up in some sort of organized solitary, framed for the murder of his ex-wife and then released, with hopes of finding his daughter.
It's hard to say what is and what is not a spoiler for this movie. I felt like I heard the spoiler a long time ago, so I'll not give it away now. When you get there, you'll just say w t f. It's quite easy to spoil this movie, so steer clear of any conversations about it.
But I can tell you some of my favorite parts. I liked how over the twenty years, Joe played by Brolin, learns martial arts, and the moment he is released from his captivity, he goes to work and shows what he's learned. Throughout the back end of the movie, he is given ample opportunities to kick butt and he does so. It is choreographed very well, with Brolin apparently doing his own stunts. There is another action scene that takes place behind an elevator door, but the effect is still great. I think I'd enjoy the movie the same if it skipped most of the plot and revolved mostly around Joe kicking butt, Streets of Fury style.
I can certainly think of better ways of spending 104 minutes than watching Old Boy. It's not that it's a bad movie, it's just one that I think is not worth my time, and probably not yours.