The film director known for his twist endings is back and this time it’s a synopsis that’s hard not to intrigue. Old sees a group of holidaymakers find themselves trapped on a secluded beach, only for them to realise they’re all rapidly ageing. An adaption of the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters, M Night Shyamalan has given audiences his very own episode of the Twilight Zone.
Old takes its time to kick off, introducing us to squabbling couple Guy and Prisca and their two kids Trent and Maddox.
The unsuspecting family have taken a resort holiday where they and some other guests are told about a secluded beach where they can really relax.
Driven over by Shyamalan himself in an extended cameo, we meet fellow holiday-making characters in a doctor with his younger wife, baby daughter and mother.
Plus a nurse and his wife, alongside a famous rapper with a nose bleed who’s already present on the beach when they arrive.
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When the body of a woman is discovered by the children in the ocean, this is when things really getting going.
For the most part, Old becomes thoroughly intense and entertaining as the group struggle to adapt to the weirdness happening to them.
As you’d expect, the adults age much slower, while the child actors are replaced a couple of times, but still maintain their youthful innocence.
Perhaps the only real letdown here is how unhurried the middle-aged characters grow old, with just a few crow’s feet and wrinkles here and there on their faces.
Old’s kids grown up
But uncovering the mystery of what’s really going on holds your attention throughout before coming to that – don’t worry we won’t spoil it – usual twist at the end.
This one’s not quite as exciting as you’d expect, but adds to the ideas Old is exploring.
At the heart of the film, Shyamalan has his characters come face to face with their own mortality.
The thought of your life being reduced to a single day with all the age-related problems thrown in is the stuff of horror, but at a regular pace of time, this is a burden we all bear.
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In an age of pandemic, the world is now more than ever faced with the fact that our lives are fragile and brief; here today and gone tomorrow.
Old sees its terminal leads forced to reckon with those they really care for and decide whether or not they put aside their differences for the sake of the time they have left together.
While their children, stuck in adult’s bodies, still take those moments to build sandcastles even though they know the end is inevitable.
Old is in cinemas from Friday.
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