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Never Grow Old: A trio of outlaws takes over a bleak frontier town. Godless ways clashing with all the fire and brimstone preachings of a movement, their lawless. Never Grow Old is an unforgiving look at human nature. Mud and the rain-soaked setting fitting the premise’s ugliness. The film is riveting. John Cusack has his best performance in years as the frightening and murderous villain.
Never Grow Old
The movie opens in the frontier town of Garlow. Emile Hirsch stars as Patrick Tate, carpenter and an undertaker fighting to make ends meet. He has a gorgeous pregnant wife, Audrey (Déborah François), and two little children. The family is happy, even under the strict religious rule of the town preacher (Danny Webb); that has prohibited liquor and prostitution.
A stormy night brings three men that are dangerous. Dutch Albert (John Cusack) and his vicious gang are searching for a former spouse. Dutch needs a drink. He is keen to learn the town has girls or no saloon for hire. Dutch buys the local resort and turns it into a brothel. Dum-Dum’s (Sam Louwyck), ominous focus on Audrey.
Ivan Kavanagh enthralls for this gripping tale of morality. Emile Hirsch as Patrick and his family struggled for acceptance by the town’s bible-beating Christians. He does not have any belief or respect for religion. Bury the dead, take your money, and keep watch. The relationship between the two guys is crafted. The border between right and wrong is apparent. Each man must make his choice.
John Cusack is almost unrecognizable. Dialogue and his calm demeanor make Dutch Albert threatening. He isn’t the twirling, bad man wearing black, western archetype. The long stringy hair and wet face of Cusack amplify his evil countenance. I love that Kavanagh never has Dutch Albert raising his voice. John Cusack has not been so good in so long as I can recall. An Inspiring Story Told the Wrong Way
Garlow itself is instrumental in setting the mood. The city is covered in dirt and sand. The wood buildings and muted colors. Ivan Kavanagh does an excellent job pairing his script with an environment.
Never Grow Old is a welcome reprieve in the terrible westerns I’ve seen lately. The movie is gloomy as hell. I adore an understated antagonist. Ivan Kavanagh breathes new life. He reminds us of the actor’s strong talent. Never Grow Old is an Irish production in Ripple World Pictures. It will be distributed in North America by Saban Films.