Dan Chase suffers from the problems that plague old men. He doesn’t sleep through the night because he has to get up to pee all the time. Morning, noon, and night, he swallows a stash of pills designed to alleviate all the ailments that aging brings. He also becomes forgetful and terrified of becoming demented. But what sets him apart from most other old men is that he was once a CIA spy, fought the Russians in Afghanistan in the 1980s, tussled with his employer and a Mujahideen warlord there, and has been in hiding ever since – and now, unexpectedly, his past is catching up with him. If he didn’t have two Rottweilers who would become killers when he gave them commands like “Fass!” in German, he wouldn’t have survived the first episode of The Old Man.

    The fact that the eight-part series is an intense thriller that is not for the faint of heart is mainly due to the fact that it allows itself to be told very slowly – whether it is about sequences in which ten minutes are just talked about, or about scenes in which the old but tough man has to fight for survival and this is shown in an unusual detail that is sometimes difficult to bear. (Disney+)

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