The Old Man by Brian McGreevy is a gripping crime thriller in which Nevada bounty hunter, Dan Chase, absconds from the CIA and lives off the grid. The FBI’s Harold Harper is called on to hunt him down because of his complicated past with the rogue fugitive. Writer Brian Mc Greevy has crafted a captivating tale of suspenseful action and compelling characters who learn valuable lessons about redemption in this fast-paced crime thriller.
What is the plot of the story?
Dan Chase is a man who abandoned his family two decades ago, leaving behind only a few notes. Since then he has been living off the grid and avoiding the CIA. The FBI tracks him down crying out for help following the death of a friend; they believe that he is their only chance of finding an assassin before it is too late. Chase agrees to help, but his own life is now in danger. He learns that to ensure his future he must confront his past, so long as he can stay alive long enough to do so.
Who is in the cast? What role did each character portray?
The cast includes Jeff Bridges, Amy Brenneman, Jesse Borrego, John Aboud, and Craig Johnson. Jeff Bridges portrayed the role of Dan Chase as an old, grizzled bounty hunter. Amy Brenneman portrayed the role of Ida Lee, a single mother who is trying to make ends meet by working as a waitress. Jesse Borrego played the role of Harold Harper. John Aboud portrayed the role of Kenny, an FBI agent on his way up the ladder but preoccupied with maintaining his career and financial security over higher ideals. Craig Johnson played the role of George Andersen, a reporter that was assigned to write a story on Dan Chase and had some knowledge about him; however, he never manage to make contact with him needed for his story.
What are the difficulties they face?
The difficulties they face include the lack of communication and the fact that Chase is running from the law. They need to make contact with him without causing suspicion; they also need to prove to him that the CIA is not out to get him and that he must help them. The challenges for Dan are his long-time aversion to almost all human contact, his aversion to authority, his dislike of being tracked in a foreign country, and his reluctance for his family to be dragged into this mess. The challenges for Harold Harper include proving that he does have integrity and honor and proving that he can think on his feet.
What are the themes?
The themes include the idea of justice, human nature, and fair play. The idea of justice is that Chase feels that he has been wronged for abandoning his family two decades ago. He believes that he was never allowed to clear his name or to find out the truth about what happened to them. The theme of human nature is that Chase has difficulty trusting others and often chooses to believe what his wife tells him instead of what other people tell him.
Who is the antagonist? What are its motives?
The antagonist is a former agent of the CIA named, Harold Harper. His motive is to get his job back and return to his position at the top of the FBI. He believes that as an operative he did what was necessary for the good of the country, so he does not feel that he deserves to be treated poorly or to be passed over for a higher position. Great scenes include the following: Harold steps out of his car and sees a body dangling from a tree. He races over to investigate and learn what has happened to the victim. The next morning Harold is waiting outside of Dan’s cabin when he gets chosen as the person to go inside and question him about what has happened recently. Harold demands that Dan tell him about his encounter with the man who killed the victim.
Who is the most loved character?
Dan Chase was a man who only cared about his family and the country he loves. He is the kind of person who would put himself in danger time and time again to protect those he cares about. His actions throughout the entire story show that there is more than meets the eye. Harold Harper had difficulty trusting people, especially when they did not know why they were being imprisoned. He was also willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that he remained above suspicion; unfortunately, this meant that he found himself becoming an antagonist instead of a hero as well as risking his career by revealing too much about himself.
Would you recommend watching this?
I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys spy thrillers and action movies. The story is not very complex but it is interesting enough that you do not need a lot of action to enjoy it. I would also recommend this film to anyone who enjoys watching older actors in new roles. Jeff Bridges made audiences laugh in almost all of his scenes, which helps break up the serious tone of the film in the appropriate places. Thanks for reading!
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