Eccentric Nicolas Cage Ushers Western Action Film ‘The Old Way’: Now Airing in U.S. Theaters
Nicolas Cage is widely known for playing a wide range of aberrant characters. From a skull-head stuntman in Ghost Rider (2007), a face-swapping delinquent come hero in Face Off (1997) to a bee-dreading cop in The Wicker Man (2006), prompting his trendy parodied line 'Ah not the bees!'
Cage fits exemplary in every genre role assigned to him. This time, he heads the Western Action film The Old Way as Colton Briggs, a gunman on a quest to avenge the death of his wife, who was murdered by a notorious gunslinger. The Old Way is now airing in select U.S. cinemas, having premiered on Friday, January 6, 2023.
Let's see how the freshly debuted film fairs so far:
‘The Old Way’ Storyline
Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage stars as Colton Briggs, a former infamous gunfighter, who buries his past and becomes a respectable family ma. Years later, Colton’s hideous past catches up with him as an outlaw son of a man murdered appears to seek revenge, killing Colton’s wife.
With his family in danger, Colton is accompanied by his 12-year-old daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) to avenge his wife’s murder leading to an action-packed fateful showdown and heart-throbbing suspense.
The Old Way makes for an interesting watch if you are a fan of old western action films. Head to the theaters this weekend to feast your eyes on this tantalizing 2 ½ hour film.
Who Stars in ‘The Old Way’?
Besides Cage, the movie cast Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Brooke, Colton’s daughter; Shiloh Fernandez as Boots, Nick Searcy as Marshal Jarret, Noah Le Gros as James McAllister, Abraham Benrubi as Big Mike, Clint Howard as Eustice, Kerry Knuppe as Ruth Briggs, Adam Lazarre-White as Greg, Craig Branham as Arnie and Beau Linnell as Mark.
The Old Way is directed by Brett Donowho and the script is helmed by Carl W. Lucas. It is distributed theatrically by Saban Films.
How ‘The Old Way’ Rates
The film has obtained mixed critic reviews, rating 36% on Rotten Tomatoes. Richard Whittaker, a top critic from Austin Chronicle, describes The Old Way as a 'vintage low-key Cage' whose acid twist makes it more fascinating.
On the other hand, Calum Marsh of the New York Times recounts the films as a low-key affair, with a simplistic plotting of heroes fighting the bag guys.
Nonetheless, it wouldn’t hurt to give the movie a try. It could be worthwhile.