M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ Proves Time is the Most Valuable Thing We Have

Rufus Sewell as Charles in Old, written for the screen and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
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Hey, Hollywooders! What’s Good in the ‘Wood?

I just got back from seeing Old, one of the many new movie releases out now in movie theaters.

Taking myself out on a date at a movie theater near me

I took a look at theaters near me to compare movie showtimes and settled on going to the 7:45 p.m. movie showtime at the AMC in the Fashion District theater near me (one of several Philadelphia movie theaters in our local movie theater guide!).

I took this movie trip as an opportunity to take myself on a date, so after playing video games at the arcade, with movie theater candy and a fountain drink in hand, I was ready to see M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film, Old.

What is M. Night Shyamalan’s Old about?

Before going to see Old, I did a little bit of research, and found that M. Night Shyamalan based Old off of a French graphic novel called Sandcastle, written by Pierre Oscar Levy. After receiving this book as a Fathers Day gift, M. Night Shyamalan was absolutely inspired by the all too human struggle with aging and the passage of time. “Its theme of aging had me thinking about my parents and children, and how quickly it all goes by. From the moment I read this, I was changed,” M. Night Shyamalan said to The Fan Carpet.

Something that makes this story extra special is that M. Night Shyamalan was able to film Old with the very person who gifted him the book Sandcastle: his daughter Ishani Shyamalan. He posted a heartwarming video recounting his time filming Old with ‘Ishy’ by his side the whole time.


 
 
 
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Old begins with a family on a tropical vacation, making their way to a swanky hotel. The family consists of a mother (Vicky Krieps) and father (Gael García Bernal)and their two children Trent (Nolan River) and Maddox (Alexa Swinton), both under 12 years old. The family arrives at the beautiful resort, and are surrounded by different types of people staying at the hotel. The resort manager (Gustaf Hammarsten) invites the family and a handful of other people to an exclusive private beach surrounded by rocks and coral. From a rapper named Mid Size Sedan (Aaron Pierre) to a doctor and his trophy wife, it is clear these people were sent to the island for a reason. As the hours go by, everyone begins to realize time is moving much faster than normal and strange occurrences begin to happen. The children grow into teenagers and eventually full grown adults, and the adults grow older by the hour. The teenage children are played by Alex Wolff and Thomasin McKenzie and they must grapple with the fact that they have grown up in a matter of hours and have missed their entire childhood.  The reason for the rapid aging is not clear, but as time marches on, the island dwellers unravel sinister and horrific details as to why they are on this cursed island.

After discovering  all of this information, I was even more excited to see the Old.

Spoiler-free thoughts about Old

The movie was aesthetically beautiful and I was continuously shocked from scene to scene. We all know that M. Night Shyamalan loves a good plot twist, and there is no shortage of surprises in Old. It was just as outrageous as other M. Night movies, serving as a thought provoking and profound work of horror about the steady marching on of time.

Before Seeing Old in theaters, watch the chilling trailer and see what others think.

One Twitter user had a very interesting theory involving Paul Rudd.

Many people recommended seeing the Old, especially in a movie theater.

This person says you’ll either love it or hate it.

This person left the movie theater ‘feeling great’!

Patrick highly recommends the graphic novel, Sandcastle as well.

One thing is for sure, you will never be bored when watching Old.

To see movie showtimes for Old, check out AMC movie times at a theater near you.

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