‘Too Old To Die Young‘ is created, co-written, and directed by the eminent filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. The story centers around a policeman who has recently lost his partner, and now finds himself trapped in a dangerous world of criminals along with his partner’s killer. From Yakuza members to assassins from the Mexican cartels, this world is filled with people who do not regret bloodshed even for a second. The show reflects Refn’s aesthetics very clearly and he does not in any way separate ‘Too Old To Die Young’ from his canon.
There is a lot of violence in the series, along with a lingering feeling of sadness. The cinematography gives the show a moody tone, which only makes the violence more shocking for the viewers. Critics praised the series for its aesthetics and ambition, but have also warned viewers of its often self-indulgent violence. If you enjoyed watching this show and are looking for more series that explore similar themes and concepts, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Too Old to Die Young’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Too Old to Die Young’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. The Punisher (2017-2019)
‘The Punisher‘ is a Netflix original TV series based on the Marvel comics of the same name. It is about a man who has taken to violence in order to bring criminals to justice. Moreover, Frank Castle has no superpowers and carries out his rampage using his human skills alone. Castle was a dedicated soldier who served in the US Marines whose life suddenly changes one day when his family is murdered right before his eyes. This incident has a deep impact on him and he becomes a complete recluse whose only mission is to kill criminals and find out the people who were behind his family’s death. Some of the action scenes in this series are too violent for a show based on a comic book. However, the authenticity of this violence adds to the beauty of the series. Jon Bernthal gives a tremendous performance as the leading character.
7. Dexter (2006-2013)
One of the most popular crime dramas of this century, ‘Dexter’ centers around the dual life led by its leading character, Dexter Morgan, who works as a forensic expert for the Miami Metro Police Department. Dexter’s mother was killed violently when he was a small child, and this trauma remains pent-up within him. Dexter’s adoptive parent, policeman Harry Morgan, is the one who noticed that he wasn’t exactly normal, and had clear homicidal tendencies. Morgan inspires Dexter to fulfill his urges by killing notorious criminals. While during the day, he is a respectable forensic expert, at night, Dexter goes out on his rampage, killing criminals who have managed to evade justice. With his technical expertise in forensics, Dexter also manages to cover his traces very carefully. The series ran for eight seasons and has been positively received by both critics and audiences.