Who’s feeling old?

Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Thomasin McKenzie, and Luca Faustino Rodriguez in Old (2021)

M. Night Shyamalan's OldSay what you will about M. Night Shyamalan, but I am a fan and I’ll tell you why. The man is a creative genius and as we all know that means his ideas will sometimes flop because they won’t resonate with mainstream ideals. That being said, he and his wife are also fantastic philanthropists and their cause of choice is public education which is a topic near and dear to my heart.

Moving on…

Shyamalan’s latest movie is set to release on Friday, July 23, 2021. (That also happens to be my beautiful Mom’s birthday and therefore it is going to be a smashing success.)

The movie’s title is “Old.” Yes, the singular word; old. The premise of this upcoming thriller is that a family on a tropical holiday 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. Jeepers creepers! I mean 24 hours! Rapid seems to be an understatement! Look at the movie poster, it’s cringe-worthy!

The cast: Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre, Kathleen Chalfant, Alexa Swinton, Nolan River, Kylie Begley Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, Alex Wolff, Emun Elliott and Thomasin McKenzie might not be a list of actors and actresses that you are familiar with, but my gut tells me they will become familiar AFTER the success of this movie.

When I watched the trailer it definitely freaked me out. First I questioned why there was an emphasis on the children not being allowed on the beach. Whatever makes the people age quickly the previews we see in this trailer seem to focus on the children. It has to be some sort of experiment because the Mom makes a point in saying, “Can you believe I found this place online?” Considering how excited we all get when we find a gem AirBnB or VRBO, it makes you wonder, who vets these destinations?

So what is it? The water? The sand? The air? All of the above plus some sort of freak interaction with the sun?

We’ll find out soon enough, or read the book in advance as it is based on the graphic novel ‘Sandcastle’ (2013) by Pierre Oscar Levy.

You can watch “Old” in theaters on July 23, 2021.


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