Two siblings, Becca and Tyler, get on a train and take a vacation to meet their grandparents for the first time finally. As the children get to know their grandma and grandad more and more, they soon discover some alarming behaviour and the two children become more concerned and frightened.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the film is made like a primary B Grade which is very different from the director’s previous work (Unbreakable and Signs, etc.). The film even relies on the use of “found footage” style filming as young Tyler uses his video camera to document and capture the bizarre and scary moments which the grandparents keep displaying.
The Visit is a tense film to watch. Because the film it’s done fundamentally, it can feel very realistic, but it also would have kept the costing down when making the film (smart director).
When it comes to grandparents, most of us could relate to spending time with them and can understand what to expect. This film matches those elements and of course, takes this concept to the next level.
When I watched this film, I remember laughing at selected moments and also holding my cinema chair a little tighter as the film builds the suspense ever so well. The film raises many questions and thankfully delivers the answers by the closing credits with a classic M. Night Shyamalan twist and turn. While I was able to pick the ending and film’s twist, the film still managed to give a heartfelt message and meaning which I wasn’t expecting, but found it made me rather thankful for the time I had invested in the film.
Overall, I enjoyed The Visit. Director M. Night Shyamalan goes back to basics in film making but still manages to deliver good scares, tension and a somewhat predictable twist ending. Definitely worth your time for those who enjoyed films such as Get Out even if the film doesn’t warranty multiple viewing once you know the film’s ending.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden