|By||:||United Atates of America|
|Slogan||:||«Some assembly required»|
|Genre||:||Drama, Mystery, Thriller|
|Time||:||1h 48min. / 1:48|
|Budget||:||$80 000 000|
|"Old", M. Night Shyamalan's latest film, this weekend topped the box office in the United States and Canada, where the drop in audience compared to recent weeks recalled the bad times of the pandemic.|
As always with Shyamalan, Old except in The Sixth Sense (which everyone liked), it will have its admirers and detractors: it is not a typical horror film nor a work of suspense to use. It is different in the rhythm, in the approach. He has “style”, that’s undoubtedly, and not everyone likes Tarantino and Time will not be to everyone’s liking.
Those who expect a horror play: beware, this is not terror, those who expect normal suspense well, yes, but no. It is very interested in its initial plot (and when I saw the trailer I wanted to see it), but the film disappoints in its plot and sequences, it fails to interest in its development or convince us of the premise.
It is discovered little by little and does it with its own style (even within Shyamalan’s cinema, this is something else), but it is not that baroque style or that sense of humor that we could see in Servant (more baroque, more shocking).
It achieves a balance between narrative pretensions about the passage of time and tension, but it does not come to fruition, it does not flow and it refers a little too much from whodonit to “what caused this alteration in time”.
Then the resolution (no spoilers): for all tastes, with that we do not get involved.
In what amounts to development, being a good movie, the development does not live up to the promising premises.
The Northern Hemisphere enjoys summer, and Americans seem to be betting on action and suspense. On July 9, Marvel Studios, through Walt Disney Pictures, launched Black Widow, the film based on the character of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), which in Argentina is known as its Spanish name: Black Widow.
The following Friday, July 16, arrived Space Jam 2, a new era, the new fiction based on the hit sports comedy of 1996 that this time has LeBron James, the star of the Los Angeles Lakers, as its protagonist.
Although both bets were very well received by the fandom of the MCU and the athlete, respectively, this weekend the box office took an unexpected turn and a horror film by the creator of Sixth Sense was positioned in the first place.
This is Old (Old, translated into Spanish), a suspense film written, directed and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, based on the novel Sandcastle, by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. It is the first film that the also creator of Signs filmed entirely outside the United States.
The production, starring Gael García Bernal, tells the chilling story of a family vacation that turns into a nightmare. The group travels to a tropical island and discovers a remote beach where they can relax, but mysterious events begin to take place and, somehow, they all begin to age rapidly, until their lives are reduced to a single day.
It was released last Friday, July 23, in North American theaters, through Universal Pictures. And according to the data published by Box Office Mojo, in its first weekend it raised $ 16.5 million dollars, widely surpassing Black Widow, Space Jam 2 and also Snake Eyes, which is among the most viewed. It will arrive in Argentine theaters this Thursday, July 29.
On the one hand, the American filmmaker’s taste for adventure and ordinary people who face extraordinary situations; on the other, the pleasure of suspense and the desire to investigate the darkest sides of the human soul, subjects much loved by the British director.
Therefore, it is not surprising that, after concluding with Split and Glass the trilogy started by Unbreakable, Shyamalan once again shows his love for his milestones in his last work, Old. A work full of tension and mystery.
We are on a dream beach, which is part of an exclusive and luxurious resort where three different families go on vacation.
These people find themselves sharing this little corner of paradise, which, in a short time, however, acquires sinister and terrifying contours, when the corpse of a young woman emerges from the sea.
The eleven characters soon realize that time passes much faster on the beach they are on, thus accelerating all physiological processes, such as growth and aging.
As the protagonists seek a way out of this invisible prison, the tension between them grows more and more.
As in The Happening, we are in fact faced with an invisible threat and, therefore, even more difficult to face, revitalized by an environmental message that emerges strongly in the last act.
There are also portraits of mentally unstable characters (whose presence in this case is motivated by a specific twist in the ending), such as Shyamalan’s now proverbial style, an insightful and effective twist with which the director expands the graphic novel universe. making it yours.
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