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Old (2021)

Director:
M. Night Shyamalan

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Old

RUNNING TIME
108 minutes

Producer:
M. Night Shyamalan
Marc Bienstock
Ashwin Rajan

Screenwriter:
Chloé Zhao


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Guy Cappa Gael García Bernal
Prisca Cappa Vicky Krieps ½
Charles Rufus Sewell
Trent Cappa, age 15 Alex Wolf
Trent Cappa, adult Emun Elliott ½
Maddox Cappa, age 16 Thomasin McKenzie ½
Maddox Cappa, adult Embeth Davidtz ½
Chrystal Abbey Lee
Patricia Carmichael Nikki Amuka-Bird -
Jarin Carmichael Ken Leung -
Mid-Sized Sedan Aaron Pierre ½
Resort Manager Gustaf Hammarsten -

 

Review

As with a handful of M. Night Shyamalan's later films, Old has a puerile quality running through it. But then again, it's always been his childlike inquisitiveness which has made his films and deliberations so captivating at best and still fascinating when the end product hasn't really worked. Old is one of those films in the latter category. Based on an intriguing (albeit borderline trite) concept, Shyamalan takes us on a sociological study when a group of tourists find themselves stuck on a mysterious beach after having travelled to an exotic resort which almost seems too good to be true. Sometimes the film's observations are valid and thought-provoking, other times they are on a middle school essay level, helped there by some uneven acting. But the film keeps you interested by the promise of a denouement, which when it comes is overexplanatory but holds up. Old gives Shyamalan fans what they came for. More critical viewers may have some objections.

Copyright © 16.08.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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