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'Old' finds director M. Night Shyamalan up to the same old tricks | CNN

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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(from left) Prisca (Vicky Krieps), Maddox (Thomasin McKenzie), Guy (Gael Garc??a Bernal) and Trent (Luca Faustino Rodriguez) in Old, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

M. Night Shyamalan is up to his old tricks in "Old," but after his heralded breakthrough with "Split," he's back on a downward trajectory.

M. Night Shyamalan is up to his old tricks in “Old,” but after his heralded breakthrough with “Split,” he’s back on a downward trajectory.

While the premise again has an eerie “Twilight Zone”-type quality, the long journey to a payoff – littered with pretty awful dialogue – might be picturesque, but it’s no walk on the beach.

Looking for activities, they’re directed by the hotel manager to a private, secluded beach, which he describes as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience. ” Once there, though – accompanied by two other families – strange things start to happen, as everyone begins rapidly aging, a condition most immediately noticeable in the children, but not limited to them.

Inspired by a graphic novel titled “Sandcastle,” the macabre premise is certainly in the director’s wheelhouse.

As tempting as it might be to say that Shyamalan’s appeal hasn’t aged well, “Split” cast doubts on that argument.

While the genre that “Old” represents has an encouraging track record, to the extent it’s taking some prodding to draw people back to theaters, it would be nice to reward them with a movie more satisfying than this.

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