Five Reasons You’ll Love It - July 23, 2021

Old - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Old - Five Reasons You'll Love It

Every M.Night Shyamalan movie feels like an event. And, after looking back with Glass, his almighty team-up of Split and Unbreakable, he's now looking forward, ironically, with Old. 

Old is based on Sandcastle, a graphic novel by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeter, with Shyamalan directing and adapting the novel. 

The film has a large cast, with Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rufus Sewell, Embeth Davidtz and Emun Elliott all key players.

Old follows a young family on a tropical vacation discovers that the secluded beach where they are relaxing in for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day. 

From there, the story spins out into madness, murder and utter, utter chaos...

Old is in cinemas now and will be released on DVD later this year, but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...


Things ramp up quickly...

There's not much pre-amble here and we're on the beach within minutes. From then on, the action and the traumatic events keep tumbling in quick succession, there's no time to take in the consequences of one horrific event because the next one is already in sight...


It's very intense...

The vast, vast majority of the film is just the principal cast on a tiny patch of sand, you quickly feel very claustrophobic and hemmed in and the feeling only increases as the runtime progresses. 


Shyamalan is having fun here...

The tight location and the constant ageing of the cast allow the director to show off plenty of flourishes. He goes through his full range of shots, angles and effects, with Trevor Gureckis only heightening the tension. 


It pulls no punches...

Shyamalan always pulls big audiences and has enjoyed mainstream success, but, in this case, he pays no mind to timidity or squeamish tendencies. This is a gory, violent, at times unpleasant spectacle. 


There's a big old twist...

Of course, there is. And it's unlikely you'll be able to guess. Very unlikely. But you'll get absolutely no hints here. 


Old is out now in UK cinemas and will be released on DVD later this year. You can check out Shyamalan's back catalogue here in hmv's online store. 

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