Old: Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. With Gael GarcÃa Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff. A vacationing family discovers that the secluded beach where they’re relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day.
Written AND directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who does his best work when he’s working with a twist, and his best twist movies are ones in which the audience KNOWS there’s a twist coming, and the script is written in such a way that it’s self aware of that. There’s no point in the film like The Village where someone nearly literally turns to the camera and winks, nor is there anything the plot that just seems to be there to throw you off the scent of the above mentioned twist. You know there’s going to be a twist somewhere, so when it happens you say, oh wow, that was actually an interesting turn of events.
I’m happy to see his self written / directed work making this turn from “no one will know there’s a twist” ala The Sixth Sense, and more of a “Yeah I know you expect a twist from me, but I bet I can hit you with it before you can figure it out” like Spilt.
This was a great horror film with ample opportunities for sequels.