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‘Old’ Review: M. Night Shyamalan Has Nothing Left To Prove

Forbes
Forbes
 2021-07-22
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It's a little choppy and episodic, and could really have used an R-rating, but M. Night Shyamalan's latest is a relentless and mean little chiller. The biggest twist in M. Night Shyamalan’s Old is that its protagonists spend much of the time hoping for a patented Shyamalan switcheroo. Depending on your emotional investment, you might find yourself hoping for one too. To be fair, maybe half of Shyamalan’s 14 flicks (counting his pre-Sixth Sense output) have contained what I’d argue are climactic plot turns or even epilogue reveals. While there are revelations and explanations in this 108-minute chiller, the terror in this lean-and-mean supernatural tragedy is classically Stephen King. It presents a horrifying premise and offers little pity or mercy on the way to hell. Even while hobbled by an unnecessary PG-13, Old is an unforgiving piece of work from a marquee filmmaker with nothing left to prove.

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