old man review | TV program

Since Dan Chase (Bridges) fled the CIA decades ago, he’s been living off the grid. When an assassin attempts to kill him, the elderly agent realizes that to secure his future, he must now reconcile his past – which includes the account with his closest family.

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Lots of veteran actors pivoted to become outsider action stars in their later years, and old man be seen Jeff Bridges Join the likes Liam Neeson And the Bob Odenkirk Among the ranks of geriaction heroes. He sure has had his moments in the past (True gritAnd the BlownAnd the Iron Man), but old man It takes Bridges robust credentials to a whole new level.

Created by Robert Levine and Jonathan E. Steinberg (their biographies include TV writing We seeAnd the black sails And the JerichoBased on Thomas Perry’s 2017 bestselling book of the same name, the show sees Bridges playing ex-CIA Dan Chase – a man who can handle a killer half his life and still has the energy to make a mean bowl of scrambled eggs. But as often happens in these kinds of stories, he gets caught up in the sins of the past, and for Dan, that means government-approved shady spy elements in foreign lands. However, even with the records erased, memories remain and grudges remain.

Most of this first season (season two has already been ordered) spends its time beating the plot and giving Bridges a chance to take on a variety of enemies. But the show gets more diverse and emotional as it goes on, with the lead characters in attendance John Lithgow As friend befriended enemy Harold Harper, a longtime fellow counterintelligence expert who prefers brains over muscle, and Harper’s stepdaughter Angela Adams (Alia Shawkat), who is all about prickly humor and irony. Meanwhile, Amy Brenneman shows an untapped strength as Zoe, whom Dan rents a room from and plunges into his fight to stay one step ahead of his enemies.

Bridges’ famous charm still shines through, and the exciting cast ensures that his character has all the right moves.

The flashback scenes set during Chase’s tenure in Afghanistan, helping an anti-Soviet warlord (before, i.e. fleeing with someone he should have had), are less triumphant. Bill Heck makes Dan younger, but the story he’s involved in, while important to the current narrative, unfolds with much less motivation and interest. You’ll likely find yourself wishing we were back with Bridges kicking ass or putting dogs on people. And yes, a high point – although used sparingly – are the dogs of Dan, Dave and Carol, the most trained dogs in this aspect of Halle BerryHounds in John Wick: Chapter 3. They are incredibly docile – until Dan gives them a certain command in German.

Elsewhere, there are some familiar rhythms to follow, but Dan’s sheer creativity when he has his back against the wall (I think the first team is on their best days, with a much more criminal attitude than playing with guns) is very watchable as you try to figure out just what he’s going to do next that. It’s rude and subtle, but Bridges’ famous charm still shines through, and the exciting cast ensures that his character has all the right moves. In a tone that oscillates between brown and thoughtful, old man It makes a very effective long-running thriller.

What could have been just a live action show is lifted by deft pace and a powerful cast. Bridges deliver the most chewy stuff (and all the action), but Lithgow and Shawkat are with it.