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OLD

OLD

M. Night Shyamalan · USA · 2021 · 109 mins · 14A
IMDb

A family heads to a secluded beach vacation. They speak vaguely of the passage of time in a way that parents often do with their children, as mom mentions how she can’t wait to hear her daughter’s singing voice when she grows up. The passage of time changes at different points in your life, but especially when you see your kids growing up too fast. M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, based on the book by Pierre-Oscar Lévy and Frederick Peeters, is playing thematically with those feelings and allowing itself to be surreal and scary in the process. The mysteries of aging are something everyone considers—Old taps into those considerations with just enough style to engage before stepping back from its own edge.

From their arrival, the beauty of this beach, surrounded by steep stone, feels threatening. When they try to walk back the way they came, they get faint and wake up on the beach again. And then things get really weird when two of the kids are suddenly significantly older, jumping about five years in a couple hours. The adults figure out that every half-hour on this beach is like a year off of it. As the kids age into Alex Wolff, Eliza Scanlen, and the great Thomasin McKenzie, the adults face their own physical issues, including hearing/vision problems and dementia. Can they get off the beach before 24 hours age them 48 years?—RogerEbert.com

“Shyamalan's big ideas are always a fun labyrinth to explore, and 'Old' throws in some excellent, twisted horror to boot.”—Witney Seibold

“In macro, the film explores pandemic-era anxieties about the corporate entities that hold life-or-death sway over society, but it's on the micro level that I found myself moved.”—Keith Uhlich

Cast Vicky Krieps, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Eliza Scanlen
     
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