http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/cant-watch-this/Can’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.