Have you ever remembered something that happened 10, 20, even 30 years ago, and the memory is so vivid it could have happened last week? If you’re like me, you often think to yourself, “Where did that time go? How can I be this old already? and I am only 28 years old.
Growing old can be scary, so the thought of being trapped somewhere with a supernatural force that makes you age pretty much a lifetime in one day could be the setting for a pretty entertaining movie.
That’s the core plot of “Old,” a mysterious new thriller in theaters now, but in the hands of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, you never know what you’re going to get.
Becoming a Hollywood sensation with “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs,” Shyamalan has never been able to capture the magic of his success in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He has had some modest successes in recent years. years, but also had a lot more stinks during his 25-plus-year career.
Shyamalan is 50 years old now, so it’s no surprise that his latest production is about dealing with your mortality. I’m sure he looked back on his career and wondered what was the thing everyone loves him the most 22 years ago.
Unfortunately, as a role model with the writer / director for much of his career, the overall story and filmmaking in “Old” is great, but the specific characters and dialogue are often laughably bad and the fears are high. less gruesome and more awkward and bizarre. As a movie buff, you need to decide if you want to spend an hour and 45 minutes of your limited time on earth watching a C-quality thriller.
It’s a perfect day at an idyllic tropical resort when three unconnected families head to the same secluded beach cove with rock pools and a sandy shore surrounded by green, densely vegetated cliffs.
Shortly after a woman’s corpse is washed up on the shore, families realize that something is wrong in this supposed paradise. Within hours, young children in two of the families had grown into teenagers as adults began to notice new wrinkles on their faces and gray hair on their heads.
After trying to escape the way they got off but pass out and end up on the beach, everyone soon realizes that their bodies are getting older about a year every half hour and they just don’t seem be some way out of the creek.
Even if he doesn’t do them as well as before, I will still support Shyamalan because I am still very interested to see what his next project will be. As mediocre or bad as many of his films have been, they are still entertaining and technically well done.
In a recent YouTube video on Shyamalan’s career, the YouTuber said that you can turn off the volume on any of his movies and just watch it as a silent movie with the music and story going to make sense, this with which I agree. All of the camera movements and editing choices in his films tell a great visual story, which is often enhanced by the excellent music and sound design.
Alas, the biggest handicap for “Old” is the same problem with almost all of Shyamalan’s films: the words and the way the actors say them. Even with some really good actors in this movie, they just can’t say the lines convincingly. Half the time it’s unusual deliveries that make the characters look like aliens and the other half the time it’s like a newbie’s first role in community theater. People don’t feel like people anyway, so I don’t care what happens.
It is also difficult to achieve when you are trying to give really disturbing scares or shocking horror. While there are some scary moments with great practical and CGI effects, the way the characters describe or react to the moments makes any building horror fall flat.
In a recent interview, Shyamalan said that he is already working on the script for his next film, and I have to admire him for his passion. No matter how much people love “Old,” he will continue to do what he loves. Hopefully the next one will be even better.