Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
I usually don’t mind spoilers cause most films aren’t complex enough to be ruined by them, however, Dir. M. Night Shamyalan’s films truly deserve ‘no spoilers’ whether you enjoy his work or not. I definitely don’t want to take away from the experience by giving anything away on this one—tho, it would be a good film to have a deep conversation about with people who’ve also seen it cause there’s a lot to talk about.
Synopsis: “Old” is a Sci-fi film where some people end up on a beach before weird things begin to happen.
That’s it, that’s all I’m giving you on it. I’m not even going to post a trailer. Don’t look it up, just find it, and watch it if you want to. If you’re the type of person who only likes films if they are perfect then this isn’t for you. It’s not a perfect film with a perfect script, perfect cinematography, etc etc. This is better then perfect—it’s an interesting film.
At first I felt like the story progressed too quickly. In the first 30 minutes I found myself thinking “it’s, like, at the end. Where do they have left to go with this story?” And then it went even deeper. The performances were good. The script made the acting seemed a bit hokey at times, like it was written as a stage play. The character development felt rushed, yet by the end I felt emotionally entangled with each character so I guess it was effective. It was definitely a rollercoaster of feelings as an audience member. Seems like this film, like many of Shamyalan’s films, is going to age well overtime because whatever wasn’t perfect about it will matter less and what does matter, the people and the story they’re telling, will continue to shine thru to make it an enjoyable watch.
This film was made by the famous fantasy/sci-fi director, his daughters, and a whole cast & crew of fabulous folks. (M. Night Shamyalan’s daughter, Ishana, was a secondary unit director and another of this three daughters Saleka, was the writer of the main song in the soundtrack). I’m including it in the horror genre because there are some graphic scenes, the tone is tense, and truly it would be scary to be in this situation—really tho that genre label is up for interpretation and you might feel otherwise about it. I could also see it labeled as psychological thriller (which is a sub genre of horror, isn’t it?)
I wouldn’t say I recommend this film for anyone younger then 13 because:
There are some scenes with mildly gorey bits and the plot is a bit mature as it goes deep into human relationships that younger folks might find unrelatable from lack of life experience. My recommendation would be to watch this without kids around so you can enjoy your experience of it (or tell me it’s not annoying to try to do something you’re into and to have a child whining ‘I’m bored’ in the middle of it—‘of course you’re bored child, you’ve no idea concept of what’s going on right now and that’s ok.’). Overall, there’s nothing in this film explicitly trying to give anyone nightmares so they’re your kids, you’ll know if they can handle or enjoy the content to be able to watch it with you.
As always-Thanks for reading with your eyes, ears, and hands.
Raise hell peacefully,