July 29, 2021
I admit that any movie written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan automatically makes me curious. I mean really, what will the guy create next? Still, curiosity doesn’t guarantee a good movie that is worthy of paying to watch in the theater.
As for any spoiler alerts there is nothing in my review that exposes anything unexpected. The story is yours to watch.
Like any M. Night Shyamalan movie I have seen before, I walked out of the theater with my head spinning and needing some time to process everything that I had just watched. One cannot argue that Shyamalan keeps his audience tuned in throughout the entire story and keeps everyone thinking long after they leave the theater.
In my opinion Shyamalan does not disappoint. Every single shot in my opinion was set intentionally to pull his audience into the story. I walked out of the theater feeling uneasy and uncomfortable because this movie challenges the audience to step out of their comfort zone and the writing and directing of this film embodies this in exceptional form.
Would I recommend seeing this movie in the theater? Absolutely yes. The camera angles and shots alone on the big screen brings you along for the ride. You feel it in full. You feel you are there on the Island with the characters.
Do I agree with the general reviews? Not at all. Most of the reviews I’ve read at this time are around or below 50% and reflect the surface value of the story. I think that the reviews mostly reflect the audience being pushed outside of the comfort zone. It isn’t comfortable, but it is supposed to be that way to reflect the story.
Review out of 100 is 91
Two thumbs up! The writing and directing are genius. I felt like I was a member of the family stranded. The camera let me see through different characters lenses. It may be intense and uncomfortable but it is that way intentionally to make you feel like you are a character in the story. Go see it in theaters for sure. Write me telling me what you think.
2021 ‧ Thriller/Thriller ‧ 1h 49m
A thriller about a family on a tropical vacation who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing on is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives.
Release date: July 23, 2021 (USA)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Based on: Sandcastle; by: Pierre Oscar Levy; Frederik Peeters
Produced by: M. Night Shyamalan; Ashwin Rajan; Marc Bienstock
Production company: Blinding Edge Pictures
Official Trailer HD: https://youtu.be/A4U2pMRV9_k
M. Night Shyamalan (written for the screen by) Pierre-Oscar Lévy (based on the graphic novel "Sandcastle" by) Frederick Peeters (based on the graphic novel "Sandcastle" by)
Full Cast and Crew: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10954652/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm#cast
Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/old
Roger Eberts: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/old-movie-review-2021
New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/22/movies/old-review.html