Half an hour at the beach costs vacationers a year in this eerie new horror puzzle, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
In the first pages of "Dino ", a biography from Dean Martin's 1992 by Nick Tosches, the author quotes a spellbinding Italian phrase: "La vecchiaia è carogna. " Old age est a carrion. "
When some vacationing families are dropped off on a secluded beach recommended to them by a smart resort manager in " Old " , the new movie written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, we see a trio of tree-top vultures soar through the sky.
Shortly after, unusual things start to happen. Guy and Prisca's young children (Gael Garcia Bernal and Vicky Krieps, both stunning, like the entire cast) feel their swimsuits tightening. An epileptic psychologist (Nikki Amuka -Bird) unexpectedly finds himself symptom-free. The elderly mother of a fussy doctor 's trophy wife just got up and dies. A moderately famous rap star (Aaron Pierre), who came to the beach a few hours before, wanders in confusion , with an incurable nosebleed. The corpse of his companion is discovered in the water, prompting the doctor (Rufus Sewell) to accuse the rapper of murder.
Over time - not too much time, as it turns out to be essential in this situation - them bathers are realizing that they are aging at an accelerated rate. Half an hour is about a year.
And the beach that is agin g won't let them go.
Some vacation. Shyamalan has adapted his disturbing tale from the graphic novel "Sandcastle ", by French writer Pierre Oscar Levy and Swiss illustrator Frederik Peeters. As is often the case with comics produced in France, "Sandcastle " is an austere existentialist parable. (It may not be a coincidence that the book that Krieps character tries to read on the beach is a double biography of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.) Shyamalan develops the book in the way that you would expect a filmmaker to havemericain does it, among others. things, ultimately offering some sort of explanation that the source material does not.
Being PG-13, "Old " does not linger not, as the graphic novel does, on how rapid aging affects children of this set in the hormonal department once they reach adolescence, although pregnancy does occur during the common life of the victims. Instead, the film delves into the tremendous anxiety and fear felt and magnified by adults who bicker frequently. Because the weather is rushed here, the wounds heal incredibly quickly. The director exploits that for some weirdly heart-wrenching knife fights and an impromptu surgery scene. The horrible potential of breaking bones and then instant resetting incorrectly doesn't go unnoticed.
The cinematic styleShyamalan's fluid, whose outstanding features are almost always mobile camera and a bag of focusing stuff, serves him particularly well here. Sometimes the camera swings back and forth like a pendulum ticking (you get it?) And comes back to where it started to reveal a terrifying change. The way he changes his cast as their characters age is seamless. (The filmmaker's job in the verbal department isn't that happy. He names Pierre's rap star "Mid-Sized Sedan"; At first, one character complains to another: "You always think about the 'future, and it makes me feel that I am not seen. ")
If old age is carrion, so too is it, like 'said a character from "Citizen Kane ", the one disease you don ' t look forward to curing, which gives the film 's finale a boost. While Shyamalan is often cited forr son hard endings , arguably it doesn't quite stick when landing with this one. He adds to the story a dollop of that much revered Hollywood merchandise, Hope, and also distributes anti-science propaganda that couldn't be more intrusive at this particular moment in the real world.
Rated PG-13 for horrible images, language and aging. Duration: 1 hour 48 minutes. At the movies.