Couldn’t Watch all the blood in “Old Boy”’t Watch This

When was the last time you watched something so scary, cringe-worthy, or unbelievably tacky — in a movie, on TV, or in real life — you had to cover your eyes?

Above is 7/21 daily prompt and, coincidentally as I was catching up on stuff, I came across it today, 7/24, after having viewed Spike Lee’s film “Old Boy” on DVD last night.  Now, most of Spike’s films, based on what I’ve read about them and the few that I’ve seen, tend to have some redeeming social value.  This one was no exception but…

I had read a review or something about “Old Boy” and knew it had a pretty good case, which was why I was interested in seeing it in the 1st place, along with aforementioned and anticipated redeeming social value.  What I hadn’t expected were a lot of bloody scenes, and I do mean bloody.  Samuel L. Jackson was uncredited but played a pretty pivotal role in all the action, and I do mean action.

I understand that “Old Boy” may have been based on a Bruce Lee type film previously made in the Orient and fight scenes in those don’t bother me because the ones I’ve seen didn’t show a lot of blood or closeups where you would expect to see blood or broken bones.  It was just  entertaining to watch Bruce’s choreographed moves and follow the flying bodies.

Now, for “Old Boy” put Josh Brolin in the Bruce Lee role and insert gruesome close-up images of blood and broken bones in the fight scenes.  Add to that images where Brolin tortures Jackson by removing pieces of skin from around his neck, like a dotted line, and Brolin say by the time he was finished he’d be able to remove Jackson’s head simply by pulling it off and you get the picture.  This was actually the point where I had to start covering my eyes, though I did spy a long needle coming out of Jackson’s neck later in the same scene.  This bloodletting occurred after Brolin had broken into Jackson’s torture chamber for hire by bashing the head of the guard, who had just been sitting at his desk minding his own business, with a sledge hammer.

One thought on “Couldn’t Watch all the blood in “Old Boy””

  1. Hi Sue! Glad to see you in Blogville. Your blog is very clean and readable. Love the title! Your cover photo is a bit blurry, as is the one you’re using as an avatar (that one is super-blurry). Probably it’s because they were cropped out of a larger pic and then stretched to fit these spots. Maybe get new ones with a higher res. If you want more readers, I suggest putting more tags on your posts. WordPress sorts posts by tags and people can find you that way. Possibly write about some “local color” occasionally and take a photo for those posts. Tag them with the town and the place. Locals will be able to find you that way. Don’t forget to link to Facebook, so all your friends can see a link in your feed every time you make a new post. Hope this helps!


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