Old hits theaters on July 23.
M. Night Shyamalan's Old, which tackles the distinct horrors of aging, ends up being a fascinating entry to the director's spotty career. It may not be his greatest work, but it is one that uses an intriguing premise to tackle profound ideas — ones that probably won’t easily fade away, even when you’re old and gray.
Old follows mother and father Guy (Gael García Bernal) and Prisca (a gripping Vicky Krieps) and their two children — the six-year-old Trent (Nolan River) and 11-year-old Maddox (Alexa Swinton) — as they venture to a scenic island for a relaxing vacation. Like other Shyamalan films, Old pits nature against humans, and there’s a reason why that’s a tried and true method: it works. The picturesque seaside provides a stark contrast to both the family’s brewing drama and the grim supernatural happenings that start to unfold as people start aging rapidly. All the while, two families are trapped on the beach, surrounded by two natural barriers, effectively eliciting thrills and instilling a sense of dread and hopelessness.
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