M. Night Shyamalan is back to terrify audiences with a mysterious twisty new thriller where a family on a tropical holiday find a sunny secluded beach. But not is all is what it seems as everybody on the beach is aging rapidly. ‘Old’ is an adaptation of Pierre Oscar Lévy’s “Sandcastle” graphic novel.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Old:
“By visiting a secluded beach, they find themselves in a nightmare world, where time moves so quickly that people age, and ultimately die, in hours instead of years. The story revolves around the actions of the characters as they try to escape or come to terms with their predicament.”
It will be interesting to see the differences between the film and the source material. While I haven’t read the original comic book, the premise alone sounds interesting. As for the rest of the film, stars an impressive international cast including Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal (Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Rufus Sewell (Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle), Ken Leung (Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Jupiter Ascending), Abbey Lee (HBO’s Lovecraft Country), Aaron Pierre (Syfy’s Krypton), Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Embeth Davidtz (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women), Emun Elliott (Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens), Kathleen Chalfant (Showtime’s The Affair) and Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit).
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Old:”
‘This summer, visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan unveils a chilling, mysterious new thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly … reducing their entire lives into a single day.’
Honestly, Shyamalan’s material is either hit or miss for me. While I thoroughly enjoy his earlier work, and his return-to-form films like “The Visit” and “Split,” a majority of this stuff doesn’t resonate with me. But “Old” looks it will be another twisty treat with plenty of horror vibes to keep audiences on edge. And I can’t wait.
Written and directed by Shyamalan, based on the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik Peeters, Old opens in theaters on July 23, 2021.