Gael Garcia Bernal- Guy
Rufus Sewell- Charles
M. Night Shyamalan invites you to a tropical hideaway with a beachfront view to die for….literally!!!
Director M. Night Shyamalan brings his latest thriller of the pages of a graphic novel called “Sandcastles” and tells the tale of a secluded beach near an all-inclusive resort with a power over those folks that spend time there.
Prisca won an all-inclusive trip to a tropical paradise on the internet for her husband guy and their two children Maddox and Trent. Guy and Prisca thought it would be good for the family to spend one last vacation for the family before they tell their kids they are getting divorced. The family arrives to a welcome reception that reminds us all of fantasy island with the staff and free drinks for all.
Soon after arrival, we are introduced to other guests at the hotel as 6-year-old Trent and his new friend Idlib (Kailen Jude), son of the resort manager, asks everyone they meet their names and occupations. Jarin (Ken Leung) a nurse vacationing with his wife Patricia (Nikki Amuka-Bird) a therapist who suffers from Grand Mal seizures and experience one in front of everyone at breakfast. Charles, a doctor traveling with his mother (Kathleen Chalfant), trophy wife Crystal (Abbey Lee) and their young daughter Kara, rushed to assist with Patricia with her seizure.
The resort manager (Gustaf Hammarsten) checks in with Guy and Prisca who are trying to decide on an activity to do with their kids when he suggests a day at the hotel’s nature reserve that offers a secluded beach with a breathtaking view. The family agrees to go check it out. The manager has the hotel van driver (Shyamalan) take them along with the doctor and his family out to the beach with a couple of baskets of food to last them all the day.
The driver lets them off and instructs them to follow the path through the rocks to the beach. The travelers all discover the beach and it does indeed have a breathtaking view and everyone begins a day at the beach. Maddox notices a man already on the beach and knows him to be a rapper Mid-sized Sedan (Aaron Pierre) sitting alone by the rocks. Trent swimming makes a horrific discovery, a woman floating in the tide pool that bumps into him. The woman who had accompanied Sedan to the beach and went out swimming only to disappear and appeared to end up drowned. Charles checked out the body and accused the rapper of killing the woman,
Jarin and Patricia walk on to the beach as everyone is packing up to head back to the hotel van to call the police. Guy points out the body to Jarin and explains what happened as they walk through the rocks on the path, they took to the beach only to experience severe head pressure and force everyone back on the beach. Charles tries his phone but there is no signal. This is where things get strange on the beach.
Charles’ mother Agnes began to complain of chest pains and lays down. Trent comes over to Prisca to complain about his swim suit being too tight. Guy asks Charles to look at his kids because they both appear to be much older than when they came to the beach. As Charles looked at the kids telling Prisca and Guy they seemed to be normal teenagers, then he is informed the kids are 6 and 11 respectfully! Just then Crystal screams that Agnes has died! The beach is causing everyone to age rapidly, like a year every 15 mins, and they can’t get of the beach! One of the scenes that has you freaking out is when Tent and Kara emerge from a beach tent with 16-year-old Kara 7 months pregnant!
Everyone’s condition begins to deteriorate and each person has health issues surface and they begin to turn on each other. Kara gives birth to a baby 30 mins later and the baby immediately dies! How are they going to escape the beach before everyone dies of old age or is killed by one of the hotel guests.
“OLD” is one of Shyamalan’s better films and a true summer thriller. M. Night is taking everyone on a tropical vacation in this new film with a killer beach view….literally! I was a fan of classic Shyamalan films (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs) and lately he has had some real stinkers (Lady in the water, Airbender, The Happening) so it was great to see his new film OLD remind us of his classic films!
I am Karl the Flick Fanatic letting you know to take your hard-earned dollars to the theater for a 108 min day at the beach that will have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out the twist as it finally presents itself to you!
Rated PG-13 (violence, Language)
Flickanalysis: 4/5 stars