Amazing AND Irritating | Shyamalan’s OLD Movie Review

Old Movie Review
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Old is about a group of vacationers who go to a remote resort, unaware of what horrors are going to befall them. This is not a typical stranded on the beach type of film, it’s unique in that aspect.

The science-fiction element of the movie is vague. I feel the script has plot holes as it’s not a complete film but a rushed-up job quickly packaged and sold. I completely understand the deeper meaning of this film as it will keep you hooked until the end. Good concept and all except the fact that there wasn’t enough closure given to what was causing the rapid aging and what happened to the medical team conducting these experiments. You can guess from the beginning what the twist is so it doesn’t actually feel like a twist. If something is not a twist, then it really needs to build up in order to not just understand the motivation but to feel. Unfortunately, that’s something this film fails to achieve.

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Whilst it was entertaining and you will be left with a very philosophical sense of self-awareness afterward, it will also leave you wanting for more throughout as during the majority of the death scenes, it either does not show the death itself or doesn’t show the aftermath. It also feels very anti-climactic with the camera panning away quickly. The character development could’ve been a little more well done but I loved the chaotic atmosphere and I feel like this film had a lot to say about how we waste our lives and that issues we have now that feel huge are distractions, making you appreciate the time you have now.

Overall, one can pick apart the script, the special effects, and the acting, and would be well within their right to do so but at the end of the day, this is more than the sum of its parts. Ponder the inevitable. And take a moment to be grateful for today. That’s the beautiful theme of this film. If only it was executed well enough, this could’ve been great. Still, good enough for a one-time watch at least.

K- Score: 57%

STW: 15/30, D: 13/25, C: 5/8, E: 3/5, PVD: 7/12 A: 7/10, S: 7/10