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‘Old’ Dreadfully Bites the Dust – The Movie Review

Article by Oliver Nash
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Posted: August 19, 2021  

The Rundown

Old is a 2021 American thriller film written, directed, and produced by M. Night Shyamalan. It is based on the French-language Swiss graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters.

The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre, Embeth Davidtz, and Emun Elliott.

The plot follows a group of families on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are staying is somehow causing them to age rapidly – reducing their entire lives into a single day.

The Review

Old ages half-way through grace –almost becoming a worthy box office contender against big blockbuster films in its genre, but bites the dust towards the tail end of its two-hour runtime.

The film’s premise oozes out two thematic sequences, the importance of family and time sensitivity.

Final remarks; Old is not interesting – at all. It’s the one film which challenges the status quo just enough to keep you glued to what unfold next.

The Hits

• The film sticks exceptionally well with horrific imagery, language and aging scenes.

• Excellent cinematography of the film.

• Great leading and supporting cast selection.

The Misses

• The film feels like a family drama series.

• Some scenes just fail to add up.

• Clashing personalities makes it difficult to remember the characters’ names.

• Character development is a huge setback for Old.

OMG Moment

• The escape plan.

If you’d like to watch Old, get your tickets from KenyaBuzz.

Movie Courtesy of Westgate Cinema

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