Old ★★★½

Old. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, The Happening). On a tropical getaway, a group of people find themselves rapidly aging on a hidden beach, that they can't escape from.

I won't get into spoilers or too much discussion into the story, but it would be very easy to nitpick and tear apart the glaring plot holes or weird logic of the film. But Shyamalan's cinematic sensibilities through the film's gritty sound design and purposefully off-putting cinematography, with a consistent feeling of never ending anxious tension, creates an experience that had captured my attention and never let go.

The narrative setups of a lot of the film's biggest questions and character's backgrounds felt very uninspired. But, the payoff's from those setups felt fulfilled and natural to the matter at hand. In the film's action, Shyamalan implements the use of rapid aging in ways that were unexpected and leads to some very creative and harrowing sequences.

The performances overall carried the emotional intensity of the action and while their dialogue would sometimes make one eye-roll, the constant anxiety inducing trauma (and pushing it's PG-13 rating to it's furthest extent) was always the driving force, at least to me.

Old is a film that will work for some and not work for others. By the end, it introduces aspects that sort of bring the film's purpose into focus, and it will surely be divisive. As for me, I'd say I bought into it. The elegantly paced horrors displayed on screen might be too much for some viewers, and the inconsistent logic of the film might drive away the cynical nitpicky film viewer, but I'd argue the film's almost experimental in nature cinematography and balancing act of body horror and emotional family drama makes it one of the more unique films I've seen in awhile.

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