The Old Way: Review

The Old Way: Review

Colton Briggs (Nicolas Cage) did some terrible things in his past. He would shoot first and ask questions later and leave many bodies in his wake. Twenty years later though, Briggs is a changed man and runs a convenience store with his wife, Ruth (Kerry Knuppe) and their daughter, Brooke (Ryan Kiera Armstrong).

However, one day a man called James McAllister (Noah le Gross) rides into town and knocks on Colton’s door. Not one to take no for an answer, McAllister gets angry when he doesn’t get what he wants and takes it out on Ruth who pays the ultimate price.

Finding his wife dead and having nothing left to keep him from the man that he was, Colton takes Brooke out into the wilderness to track down McAllister’s gang to get his revenge.



The Old Way is a Western directed by Brett Donowho and written by Carl W. Lucas which answers the question of what would happen if Nicolas Cage were to star in a Western. A versatile actor who has taken on many roles over his career and someone who has perhaps not been too picky as to what he chooses, it certainly feels unusual that audiences haven’t experienced a Cage inflected Western up until this point.

It’s a pleasure to say then that the audience’s expectations may be satisfied in The Old Way. However, if you’re looking for a wide-eyed gun totting maniac performance from its lead then you may be disappointed, as Cage opts for a more grounded and nuanced performance.

Although never knowingly phoning in a performance, audiences should perhaps remember the actor rather than the crazy caricature that some of his films have leant upon a little too much.

Saying all this though, The Old Way does give its audience a Nicolas Cage Western, but it does little else. There are some good performances, particularly from Armstrong who may have a bright future, but story wise it plays out more or less as you’d expect. There are many revenge movies like this and they all play out the same way and it’s good to remember that there have been, and will be many of this kind.


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