A group of families on a tropical holiday discover that the secluded beach where they are staying is somehow causing them to age rapidly – reducing their entire lives into a single day.
Runtime: 108 minutes
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thrillers
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre, Embeth Davidtz, Emun Elliott, Alexa Swinton, Gustaf Hammarsten, Kathleen Chalfant, Francesca Eastwood, Nolan River, Luca Faustino Rodriguez, Mikaya Fisher, Kailen Jude, M. Night Shyamalan, Matthew Shear, Daniel Ison, Jeffrey Holsman, Margaux Da Silva, John Twohy, Kylie Begley, Emma Jonnz
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
hairyback88 - 10 January 2023 I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed this. I'm so tired of the typical Hollywood formula that you get with every movie, that it's refreshing to see something that is just pure entertainment with no agenda and no political messaging. It follows its own pace and yet I wasn't bored, I had no desire to hop onto my phone to look at emails. I found the premise entertaining, and unique, and the directing was typical shyamalan with strange camera angles and good use of silence to build tension. Yeah, there were some silly things in it, but I would probably still place it in the same tier as the village or split. Ignore the negative reviews, and don't expect a masterpiece and you'll enjoy it. It's a good film if you go in there expecting to just have some fun.
Jeremy_Urquhart - 10 December 2022 Why couldn't someone rewrite this atrocious dialogue? Old is about a beach that makes people old - as in people on the beach age decades within the space of a single day. It's a simple and unique premise, and an undeniably entertaining and unsettling one, and becomes about a group of people who are stuck there, and are unable to leave.
I feel like quite literally begging M. Night Shyamalan to get a co-writer to go over his dialogue. He's fantastically creative, and absolutely should get like a "story by" credit, because the ideas he comes up with are always unique and engaging. And I think he's a pretty great director - Old is a weird-looking movie at points, but the visuals are creative and engaging. I think it's mostly a good-looking movie.
But the dialogue in this movie is so bad, I'm sorry to say. It really stops this from being as good as it could be. Like, it feels like dialogue written by a teenager, and I've seen fan films with more believable interactions between characters. It's shocking in parts, and could easily be fixed from someone giving the script a cheeky rewrite.
There are some truly unsettling moments here, and it's undercut when the characters start talking. I kept going from being unnerved by the movie to laughing at it. And sure, the characters are dealing with an unusual situation, which makes some weird dialogue understandable... but they're all talking like faulty robots right out of the uncanny valley before the inexplicable stuff on the beach starts happening.
I was able to enjoy the other aspects of the movie, but I can understand the dialogue ruining this movie for some viewers, in all honesty.