Old

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.

  • Released: 2021-07-21
  • 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
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  • lizetwesselman - 12 January 2023
    Decent story but poorly excecuted
    I got so excited when I saw the trailer but was highly dissapointed. It starts with so many questions, you're sucked in because you want to know what's going on. We follow a family from the start and clearly something's up, but it remains vague, so you want to get answers.

    Then more things happen, they end up on that beach, creating way more questions. Which is still fine, still want to know more. But then they never actually answer any questions. More people show up that we barely learn anything about, troughout the entire movie. They just all get involved in this aging issue and it affects them in different ways, like normal aging does to normal people. A lot happens, before any of those initial questions are answered. Untill the point you just start wondering what the hell the point of the movie is. And then some of the questions get answered in 1 scene. There's such a buildup to these problems, that you at least expect a massive blow up at some point. But that just doesn't happen. It's basically brushed off in some kind of "we're dying today so yesterday's issues are irrelevant now" way. Which I get, but the way they just solved it into 1 shot, doesn't do that message any justice.

    Then, in the end, after a lot of unfinished stories and a lot of drama, we find out why they were at the island. Again, this takes up about 5 minutes of the movie. It's actually very interesting, but they decided it didn't deserve much credit. And then it's over. And then you have a very predictable ending to top it off.

    So basically, about 15/20 minutes are pretty good, and everything in between is just overdramatic, badly acted, incomplete drama that hardly makes sense.

    Too bad. The story was interesting but so badly excecuted.
  • 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.
  • awloan - 8 January 2023
    Ignore the Ratings, It's Worth a Watch
    I've put off watching this film for a while now, mostly due to the trailer not really catching my attention, and what I've heard about it. I decided to give it a look and brought up the IMDb page for it, I was pretty shocked to see it rated so low. I almost changed my mind but I thought better, I really enjoyed The Visit (another M. Night movie that I believe is underrated) so maybe I'll really enjoy this one as well.

    I am very glad to have watched this film because it was quite the trip. The pacing is pretty fast, builds from the beginning to the end pretty consistently, but the content lends itself to it. The dialogue is your typical M. Night style, which is often pretty awkward and campy. Somehow, just as it hit me in The Visit, it was not very distracting. It came off as a specific, uncomfortable, and uncanny aesthetic that I really enjoyed.

    This movie had its problems, such as it's insane plot devices, but I can honestly say that it was incredibly entertaining, fairly disturbing, and definitely worth checking out at least once.
  • faridaalabo - 6 January 2023
    An old French movie but done with panache
    An old French movie but done with panache The only way M. Shyamalan found this movie is through a script that was given to him as an original. Whoever gave him a grossly edited version of the original very old French movie and didn't think M. Wouldn't would realise. His assistants did! You can't fool the one who made Bruce willis act, Samuel L Jackson underact and James McAnvoy act like himself. What M. Night has been able to achieve* in this movie could have been grea and it is in many partstEditing let me down more than the Italianesque Blue lagoon shots. M. NS actually put the racism conversations, the sexism, the biases, the after-effects of colonialism the teenage angst, the ageing brain, the defected mood, the obsession by skin, and body and puberty, the egos, the ethos, the hopes filthily overtly.

    A French movie with a lot of writers and the set of Lost.

    .* (reviews have to be more than 600 words?:)
  • sjbradford - 2 January 2023
    Should have been called "The Crazy Island of Annoying People"
    This is an interesting concept for a movie: tourists are lured by an unscrupulous entity to a beach where the aging process is greatly sped up. The problem? Many of the characters are generally unpleasant, often played by actors who lack charisma (diversity seemed to be the most important factor in the casting).

    The dialogue isn't great either. And the ending is particularly problematic: the representative of this evil corporation performing experiments on humans just stands back, exposed, when he and his team greatly outnumber those who have exposed them. They had no problem sending these Guinea pigs to their death on the beach. So why are they just standing down at the end without a fight?
  • ma-cortes - 1 January 2023
    M. Night's Shyalaman's strange and eerie storytelling about an isolated beach where occurs mysterious happenings
    Intriguing and suspeseful film regarding a lonely , quiet beach in which some vacationers are stalked by mysterious incidents and twisted situations . This summer, visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan unveils a chilling, mysterious new thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly - reducing their entire lives into a single day. So the Kapa family - parents Guy (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Prisca (Vicky Krieps) and their kids eight-year-old Maddox (Alexa Swinton) and six-year-old Trent (Nolan River) - arrive at a fancy resort for a family vacation. After settling into their rooms, Trent befriends a young boy named Idlib, and they do activities . Furthermore, a middle-aged doctor named Charles (Rufus Sewell) is sitting with his younger vain wife Chrystal (Abbey Lee), daughter Kara (Kyle Bailey), and his mother Agnes (Kathleen Chalfant). Nearby, a woman named Patricia (Nikki Amuka-Bird) is having an epileptic seizure, which Charles helps with while her husband Jarin (Ken Leung) also tries to help. All of them join in the mysterious and lonely beach resulting in bizarre happenings . The evil and foreboding force is so unnerving that none dare venture beyond the borders of the beach. A kid plans to step beyond the boundaries of the beach and into the unknown, his bold move threatens to forever change the future of the unfortunate tourists and things go awry . It's only a matter of time. A new trip from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan. They grow up so fast. Their Days Of Peace Are Over .

    This eerie and mysterious movie depicts the tale of an isolated beach in which some characters arrive resulting in weird events until a revelatory twist at the end . This is a new trip from M. Night Shyamalan in which a vacationing family discovers that the secluded beach where they're relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day. M. Night toys with strange ideas , but at times , he buries them under an illogical and rather unpredictable tale . Focusing here is on security , self-preservation , frightening to unknown and conservatism , where nature becomes something fantastic , overwhelming, almost supernatural as revealed in the tale of a remote beach . Shyamalan himself told his greatest influences on the style and tone were Walkabout (1971) directed by Nicolas Roeg and Picnic en Hanging Rock (1975) directed by Peter Weir. Although , really seems to be a Twilight zone¨episode more than the previous films . Shyamalan described them as "stories about human beings struggling against the overwhelming power of nature" - films Main cast and support cast are pretty good , full of little known actors such as Vicky Krieps, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie , Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird and veteran players such as : Gael Garcia Bernal, Rufus Sewell , Embeth Davidtz

    Well written for the screen by director M. Night Shyamalan himseld and based on the graphic novel "Sandcastle" by Frederik Peeters and Pierre-Oscar Lévy based on the graphic novel "Sandcastle" . The motion picture was professionally produced/directed by Night M Shyamalan , writing , producing and directing , though being slow-moving and some claustrophobic due to mostly staged at the beach. Competently made by Night Shyamalan himself , many of his films involve pivotal roles with extraordinary abilities or events happening to them and with children always having family problems . Night Shyamalan is an expert on fantastic and Mystery films plenty of Intelligence and thought-provoking issues as proved in : ¨Signs¨ , ¨The village¨ , ¨Lady in water¨ , ¨The Incident¨ , ¨The sixth sense¨ , with exception for an extreme flop as critical as boxoffice : ¨Airbender¨. Shyalaman usually shoots in Philadelphia , this is Shyamalan favorite location . Night is an avid comic books fan , which he made the fabous trylogy : "Unbreakable" , ¨Multiple¨and "Glass" starred by Bruce Willis , Samuel L Jackson and James McAvoy. Rating Old (2021) : 6/10 . Well worth watching . Acceptable , but neither notable , nor extraordinary but passable .
  • drewkennedy - 29 December 2022
    Undefined and waste of time
    Don't watch this, save yourself the time, unless you're a student of bad stories. Nice PREMISE for a story, and that's where it ends. There are too many characters, shots chosen are clunky. It could be a great surrealist piece, but it hovers between that and ... not sure, thriller or mystery? It deserves a much smarter treatment than this shambles, where the actors have clearly been told what to do, and done that to the ruin of the film. As it progresses, the relationships dissolve into basics and stupidity. They try to make it all tie together but honestly it's stupid and contrived. The malevolent figure has inadequate development and the payoff is too poor and too late.
  • rwstreb - 28 December 2022
    I know he can do better, so why didn't he?
    Shyamalan has done some great movies, as well as some duds, but I can currently only think of one movie ever- not his- I may have disliked more, and both for mainly the same reason- they just would not end.

    The story mostly gets covered in the trailer. If you like the trailer, make up your own twist ending and spend the nearly two hours you've saved on something more interesting, like staring at your shoes. The story did have details, aside from the required twist, that were not in the trailer, but they often did nothing to move the story along. Even when the twist finally reared its head we were still not granted relief, and an overused but generally annoying writing device was used as a crutch to drag it out even longer.

    There were some odd and annoying techniques used throughout the film that made me wonder- surely that was not his intention? Maybe a poor film school college nephew of someone attached to the film did some editing and Shyamalan didn't watch the final cut? I literally was not sure whether or not there was some sort of malfunction at times with some of the annoying devices. I also thought at times the playback speed might have been higher than normal, and rather than try and fix it I was wishing it would go even faster.

    This film would have more of a Night Gallery feel to the writing than Twilight Zone if that sways any opinions, although that is certainly not a comparison of writing quality. I would have much preferred no twist, but rather the point of the twist being the main focus of the story. There was far more potential for entertainment from that angle.

    I know some people actually liked this movie, and I cannot for the life of me understand why, but I would not recommend this to anyone unless they just absolutely wanted to see all of Shyamalan's work, or possibly if it was for research in film school. I suspect that if a film school dropout with an $8 budget had made this film, I would have rated it slightly higher, but the name attached to it demands better quality.
  • xiaoli7377 - 26 December 2022
    Uhh the Dialogue and the Acting Are Pretty Bad
    "Old" has an interesting premise and a beautiful location. It's shot well and has some decent tense moments. The dialogue is stilted and cheesy though. None of the characters act normal either. Just really weird and a lot of unintentionally funny moments that occur to the really awkward dialogue. Vicky Krieps plays the mother, and maybe it's the actresses nationality and I'm not intending to be offensive saying this, but she just has a really strange sounding accent that throws me off from following her character. This whole movie is just not that good. And an interesting premise like this would be alright if there just weren't so many situations where I was laughing instead of taking it seriously.
  • Simon_Cooper-1 - 18 December 2022
    Nothing in this film is going to improve your day
    I'm not quite sure I ever understand anything this man does. This film starts off like many Hollywood films. People with funny and suspicious accents are disarmingly nice and then things start to go horribly wrong for all of the foreigners that are taken to a certain beach. Then whole thing then temporarily becomes a sort of study of family life throughout one's time on Earth when suddenly it stops being that and becomes a sort of mystery thriller. Neither film is that captivating or satisfying as they do not really connect. It is a very miserable affair and it feels sort of like a 70s flick such as Logan's Run or something like that. It is just not special enough to sit through and feels a bit lost.
  • DanTheButler - 15 December 2022
    Too amateurish for its budget
    Mixed feelings on this one. What starts out as 'The White Lotus' quickly segues into a 'Cabin in the Woods' scenario but on a beach. This is where the bulk of the film takes place.

    There is an interesting story here but I'm too distracted from all the bad choices with everyone sounding like they've had to resort to ADR for the whole film. Much of the dialogue feels like a script in its first draft. The performance delivery of the entire cast sounds robotic - it seems like they only had one take for each shot, leaving the editor with miserable choices.

    The editing could have been tighter and some of the cinematography is amateurish. No need to use shots because they exist, the editing room is for cutting schlock. It's like a student film with a full blown Hollywood budget. I've seen these actors with better performances in just about every other project they've done, so I can't decide if they were poorly cast or if some words are written so bad that there is no chance of a convincing delivery.

    If you can get through the first hour of rubbish, you start to understand what's going on. The finale does have a nice wrap up, though it doesn't completely save this movie. It's not 'The Sixth Sense' or 'Signs' that I hope for with every M movie that comes out. 'Old' is more like 'The Happening' but everyone in it is Mark Wahlberg. I love Mark in everything but that movie because of its poor casting.
  • 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.
  • hunterhikes - 26 November 2022
    Sleepwalk Directing/Writing
    I won't spend a lot of time micro-analyzing this movie, yet will offer a very basic assessment. This was a terrible M. Night Shyamalan script. By far his least impressive work, despite the potential of being a very compelling story. There were so many plot holes, likely due to the terrible editing decisions and lackluster direction. It's as if Shyamalan was directing this in his sleep. Despite the timeline of the story, there was still such poor effort for character development. It was hard to draw any emotional connection to the characters whatsoever.

    I'm tremendously disappointed. There have been some not-so-great Shyamalan films, but also some great Shyamalan films. To me, this was his worst, most half-hearted effort. I wonder, was he under contract to complete another film and simply didn't care about the quality? If that's the case, mission accomplished. This was by far his worst effort.
  • teekieteekybirdie - 22 November 2022
    Worst movie he ever made.
    Wow, people and reviews are saying this is the WORST movie M. Night Shaymalan ever made, and I gave it a shot anyways and boy do I regret it! Those are two hours of my life I'll never get back. This is the most unbelievably stupid, boring, awful movie I've ever seen. It's about as exciting as you would expect, people getting old fast and dying together on some remote island, totally stupid and boring and nothing exciting about it. The people are boring and unexpressive and horrible actors, the whole film was lacking completely in any enthusiasm or excitement, this film was painfully boring, stupid, and pointless. Don't even bother wasing your time on this movie unless you want to be bored to death.