Old Review: M. Night Shyamalan Delivers a Suspense Classic
M. Night Shyamalan returns to the top of cinematic form with a brilliantly twisted thriller. Old take a unique premise and run with it into true existential horror. What starts out as a dream vacation turns into an unshakable nightmare for a couple of families and couples. The movie progresses slowly until the characters understand the seriousness of their situation. Shyamalan guides his cast through a whirlwind of emotions. Do they accept a cruel fate or do they persevere in some way? Buckle up for a dark ride full of surprises.
Based on the graphic novel “Sand Castle” by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters, Old innocently begins with a family visiting paradise. Guy (Gael García Bernal), Prisca (Vicky Krieps), their two children, eleven-year-old Maddox (Alexa Swinton) and six-year-old Trent (Nolan River), are delighted with the accommodations at the lush Animaka Resort. The manager (Gustaf Hammarsten) promises you a very special experience in a secret and secluded cove.
Guy and Prisca are upset to find another family on their rented bus. An arrogant doctor (Rufus Sewell), his mother (Kathleen Chalfant), his vain trophy wife (Abbey Lee) and their six-year-old daughter (Kyle Bailey) accompany the trip. They drop them off, walk to the beach, and split up for fun. The group dream is broken once again with the arrival of another couple (Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird) and the realization that someone else is also close. The famous rapper, Mid-Sized Sedan (Aaron Pierre), stoically watches the waves crashing.
Prisca begins to feel uncomfortable. The children shout that they have found many rusty silverware in the sand. His restlessness increases when a woman’s body is washed. The children are sent away while the adults search the corpse. But when they bring them back, Prisca is truly in awe. Guy can’t believe what he sees. Your children have grown up. They beg the doctor to check them. He is surprised that his daughter has also aged. Everyone is affected, but the change is most evident with children. As the group struggles to understand what is happening, they must escape the beach immediately. They are literally running out of time.
Old it is superbly crafted. Shyamalan, who also wrote the script, leaves clues early on. But the characters, like the audience, must understand its importance and use that knowledge accordingly. It’s a puzzle that affects each cast member differently. Imagine reaching puberty in a matter of hours from childhood. Experience also forces adults to confront their personal problems. There can be no more secrets between them. Honesty is the only way to find the ties that bind you. Easy in principle, but difficult to execute. High pressure situations cause cracks and instability.
Old it has a fascinating dramatic arc. The tension between the characters manifests itself in unexpected ways. Shyamalan blinds with impressive plot developments. There are scenes that range from poignant to terrifying. You can’t honestly predict what will happen. As the narrative unfolds, everything makes sense and is logical.
Movies with this level of intrigue generally fail in the third act. M. Night Shyamalan nails an exceptional finish. The climax is huge, but not out of nowhere. Every breadcrumb was dropped for a reason. Old It is masterful in all aspects. Old is a Blinding Edge Pictures production. It will be released in theaters by Universal Pictures on July 23.
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