Old

2021, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 48m

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Old has no shortage of interesting ideas -- and writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's uneven execution will intrigue or annoy viewers, with little middle ground between. Read critic reviews

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Love him or hate him, no one makes movies quite like M. Night Shyamalan -- and no one else could have made Old. Read audience reviews

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A tropical holiday turns into a horrific nightmare when a family visits a secluded beach that's somehow causing them to age rapidly -- reducing their entire lives into a single day.

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  • Oct 10, 2021
    Man do I miss the tropics -- Maui, Hawaii, Phuket (Thailand), Boracay Island (Philippines), Isla de Mujeres & Ixtapa (Mexico), the Florida Keys, ... and of courseKokomo -- wherever the hell that is. That's the first thing that hit my overworked brain as I started Old as the family drives up to the resort, fruity alcoholic beverages immediately placed in their hands, and M. Night Shyamalan welcomes them to his version of beach hell. The movie does look fantastic at times, and there are some intriguing shots -- stillness interposed with movement, closeups interposed with distance. But as is typical for Shyamalan, the acting is wooden as hell and the characters have zero depth. He takes forever to tease the first "reveal," even though the main premise is essentially spoiled in the movie title. And this is yet another long-ass movie that should have mandated edits to get it to 90 minutes. At this point, everybody knows Shyamalan's shtick by now. If you're a Night fan, you'll love it. If you're a Night hater, you'll despise it. If you're like me and your take on him is 🤷‍♂️, you'll be ok. Overall this was entertaining enough to keep me interested with a handful of decent kill scenes, unlike some of the other real stinker on his filmography like The Happening and Lady in the Water.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2021
    Neat and thought-provoking but ultimately not too memorable.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2021
    M. Night Shyamalan has been a director I have admired, but have only connected with a couple of times. Nearly every movie buff praises his film The Sixth Sense as his best, and rightfully so. It's definitely up there for me, but his grounded work with Unbreakable is truly his crown jewel to me. He then had his string of blockbusters like The Last Airbender, After Earth, and The Happening. This is when everyone began to realize his heydays were over. With that said, his return with The Visit, Split, and Glass were all very commendable. For that reason alone, I had some newfound excitement for his next project. Old is now playing in theatres and here are my honest thoughts on what is easily one of Shyamalan's worst films.  The concept of this film is quite simple. A family on vacation is invited to a secret beach for relaxation. Joined by a few others, everyone realizes that there is more to this location than meets the eye. As they all begin to rapidly age, their children are now teenagers within hours and some of their health conditions also rapidly return. The first act of this film is very intriguing and it had me hooked, aside from the terrible dialogue. Even though the idea hooked me though, this is the prime example of a film that has a cool idea and never does anything with it.  It was at about the halfway mark that I started wondering where this film was truly going because it never felt like it was building to anything. Yes, the mystery of this beach looms over the entire film, but again, the script never dives deep enough to really care about the events on-screen. On top of the fact that the script needed a lot of work in terms of plotting, the dialogue is also atrocious from beginning to end. I understood the fact that these actors had to act as if they were still young children, but none of what they were saying was either believable for that age or it ended up being too cheesy.  One of my biggest problems with any film that sets itself up with a crazy concept is that it needs to focus on delivering at least some answers for its audience. A film that remains ambiguous can be amazing if the characters and story are all great enough to make that not important. Sadly, Old falls into the category of a film that delivers answers while also not really giving you enough to understand. I completely understood the point behind how the film concluded, but it was also quite dumb. Again, this is coming from someone who will always give an M. night Shyamalan film the benefit of the doubt.  In the end, Old has a few scenes that I really enjoyed. One scene in particular that I really latched onto was one that involved an elderly couple with dementia, but once again, I instantly forgot about it because it was poorly written. If this concept had been sold to someone else to write and direct, I feel like the reception of this film would've been much higher. It's a very neat idea that goes nowhere and the experience almost felt completely pointless to me. Still, I'll give some minor compliments to the overall concept and a couple of noteworthy scenes. Other than that, Old is easily one of the worst films I've seen in 2021.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2021
    If you can tolerate Shyamalan's sometimes cringe inducing dialogue and the silly premise, there a lot of good emotional horror here. No one feels like they have a handle on "time" and to accelerate that even further is to dig into some really deep fears.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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