Old (2021)

Old (2021) – Movie Review

21SR July 2021 Written by Peter Walkden

The film introduces a family of four who are travelling to a holiday resort. Upon arriving at the resort, everything seems lovely and luxurious. The family begins to interact with other members at the resort who are also on vacation for different purposes and reasons.  Soon, our leading family are invited to visit a nearby beach far away from every bit of distraction and life. With such a lovely offer to relax as a family, they accept. But upon their arrival, they make several discoveries about the beach and their surroundings.

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Firstly, the family discover they were not the only ones who were invited, and others from the resort appear to have received the same invite to visit the secluded beach. Secondly, there is something odd about those who are spending time on the beach. As the leading characters attempt to chill and relax, they begin to undergo significant changes in their physical appearance, including aging rapidly. To top it off, no matter how hard they try, the group cannot escape the beach.

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While this review will be spoiler-free from any huge plot details, I can proudly say director M.Night Shyamalan delivers a new creation with aspects of horror, thriller and my personal favourite, mystery. Nothing relating to this film’s plot is familiar; everything on screen is different and has a fresh concept. The film sets up a fantastic plot with plenty of mysteries and questions for its viewers. I found myself invested shortly after the film’s opening, and like most M.Night films, I became determined to know the answers as to why many odd things were occurring.  I found myself highly curious if leading characters (even the unlikeable ones) would survive or fail. The musical score had moments that stood out and felt highly fitting.

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The plot naturally grows into something bigger and louder throughout the film.  During the first act, the pacing felt slightly fast, and the transitions almost felt unfitting.  As the plot picks up pace, so do the aspects of horror and uncomfortable moments. The film does not focus on gore or blood and guts but aims to be creative with its filming style and building suspense. That being said, M.Night does have a few moments where I felt he pushes the limits as much as possible within the classification rating.

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I truly enjoyed this film plot, but some aspects were questionable and distracting. With many characters introduced during the first act, I found myself questioning where certain characters were during certain key moments. If the group was stuck on a beach, indeed, they cannot be too far away, I thought to myself.  I found myself accepting that different characters were being focused on, and others just came into play at different/later times.

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Once again, I enjoyed the director’s filming style—I especially enjoyed several shots he used to capture emotions and create dramatic suspense. I loved the long, smooth shots of the character’s emotions, allowing the audience to feel like a fly on the wall.  This style feels familiar to the director, but fans always welcome it. Shots that use the reflection in windows or mirrors are just one example of shots we have seen in previous films, but I always enjoy this element and creativity.

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Overall, I found many likeable elements about this film, especially the plot and mysteries introduced and carried through the entire duration.  I found the finale rewarding.  The performances for the majority are also excellent. Still, my personal favourite is witnessing the classic filming style and suspenseful elements from the director M. Night Shyamalan, who manages to bring a film that once again is something new, creative, and thrilling.

7.4/10

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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Diabolik (John Phillip Law) is a mischievous Robin Hood-type bank robber. Assisting him with his robberies is his lover Eva (Marisa Mell). Diabolik will do anything for Eva and anything he robs he generally gives to her. The two also take great joy in sharing heists...

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Based on a true story, the film follows seven people who are on trial for being involved in the 1968 riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. The film opens with an introduction to each of the seven key characters.  These introductions...

Rogue (2020)

O'Hara (Megan Fox) is the captain of a highly-skilled group of mercenary soldiers. Their current mission is to try and rescue a young girl who has been captured and trafficked.  After sneaking around the enemy site, O'Hara and her team not only find the girl they...

Ip Man: Kung Fu Master (2019)

Following Ip Man at a different time in his life and before he became Bruce Lee's teacher, Ip Man: Kung Fu Master shows Ip Man (Yu-Hang To) when he is much younger.  In this film Ip Man is currently a police captain located in Foshan and he is going to be a...

Follow Me | No Escape (2020)

Cole (Keegan Allen) is a famous influencer on social media.  As a young boy, Cole began streaming his daily activities to the entire online world.  After ten years of online success, Cole's friends decide to celebrate Cole's hard work by doing something...

The King of Staten Island (2020)

Ever since Scott's father died in a tragic incident, Scott (Pete Davidson) has lost his way in life. In the present day, Scott is twenty-four years old and has desires of being the first to launch a restaurant where you can also get a tattoo, all under the one roof....

Alone (2020)

Alone (2020) - Movie Review 29th October 2021 Written by Peter Walkden A woman named Jessica (Jules Wilcox) has recently become a widow and decides to pack up her belongings and get away from her current issues. She decides to hire a trailer and begins to drive to her...

Honest Thief (2020)

Tom (Liam Neeson) is a highly skilled and professional thief. He has robbed many banks, and each time managed to escape with a large sum of money without ever getting caught. No one knows who he is or what he looks like. In the news they call him "The In & Out...

Depraved (2019)

Adam (Alex Breaux) has recently moved in with his partner named Liz (Ana Kayne). One night the two of them have a serious discussion which leads to an argument.  The argument begins when Liz expresses her desires to one day have children and start a family. ...

Paycheck (2003)

A man named Jennings (Ben Affleck) is a skilled reverse engineer for hire. People, or even companies, can hire Jennings to do jobs, and once the task is done his memory is wholly wiped, leaving him with no knowledge of his actions. The duration of these jobs is...

The Raven (1935)

A young woman by the name of Jean Thatcher is involved in a tragic accident as her car falls off a cliff.  Jean’s survival will require a skilled surgeon. Jean's family have no choice but to approach Dr Vollin (Bela Lugosi), a highly skilled surgeon who lives in...

Koko: A Red Dog Story (2019)

Koko: A Red Dog Story is a combination of a biography and a comedy about the real-life dog named Koko who was born and raised in Australia. The film shows several interviews from cast and crew along with Koko's owner retelling her experiences with the famous dog and...

Apartment 1BR (2019)

A young woman named Sarah (Nicole Brydon Bloom) is attempting to start a brand-new life and hopes to move forward from her mysterious past. Sarah discovers a vacant apartment which she really likes the look of. She decides to apply for it, competing against many other...

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

A new group of young men have just joined the U.S Marines Corp. We witness each member getting their heads shaved and then the film begins to give its viewers a deeper insight into the characters as each of these new recruits begin their brutal boot camp training...

The Pale Horse (2020)

Based on the well-known novel written by Agatha Christie, The Pale Horse begins with an older woman dying in the streets. While investigators search the woman’s body and seek out the cause of death, they find a piece of paper which contains a list of names located in...

Night of the Demon (1957)

A professor by the name of John Holden travels from America all the way to London. In London, the Professor was scheduled to attend a parapsychology conference but soon finds himself pulled into a scary investigation. You see, the man the Professor had planned to meet...

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

Set in the 1950s New York, a private detective named Lionel (Edward Norton) has Tourette's Syndrome and is thrown into a world of mystery when his mentor is shot and killed. Lionel's mentor was also a close friend of his and taught him everything about being a private...

Batman: Death in the Family (2020)

Batman and Jason Todd (aka Robin), team up as the dynamic duo, taking down many villains within Gotham City. One night the two team up to take down a major villain.  On the same night, The Joker makes a guest appearance with much bigger plans for the Bat along...

Hubie Halloween (2020)

Set in the present-day community of Salem, one man takes Halloween very seriously. He is an adult who is determinate to keep his community safe from any evil, foul play or nasty tricks that may occur to others. His name is Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler). Hubie is mocked...

My Spy (2020)

JJ (Dave Bautista) is a CIA agent who lives for the action-filled moments that the job offers daily. After completing yet another successful top-secret mission, JJ is paired up with a new partner and given a new dangerous task.  JJ is to conduct surveillance on a...

You’ll Like My Mother (1972)

Francesca is a pregnant woman who is due to give birth at any moment. Unfortunately for Francesca, her husband was a soldier who died while fighting in Vietnam. After her husband is killed in action, Francesca is alone with no family around her. She decides to visit...