I fell asleep for thirty minutes in OLD and lost one year of my life. Well, I actually fell asleep for about five minutes, but it did feel like that.
So there’s good M. Night, UNBREAKABLE, SIGNS, SPLIT, and there’s bad M. Night, THE HAPPENING, LADY IN THE WATER, and now, OLD.
The premise and setup for OLD is a perfect Hitchcock-like mystery. A group of hotel guests goes to a beach, and unbeknownst to them, every thirty minutes is one year of their life. And cue some crazy stuff to start “happening.” This premise works for the first act, but after seeing the characters face one aging dilemma after the next, it gets washed ashore in tedious plotting. As a result, the actual M. Night “twist” is more underwhelming than THE VILLAGE.
M. Night believes this non-horror film has something to say about aging. But, sadly, it doesn’t. We get old, and we die. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out, and that’s the extent of insight we get from being stranded on Night’s beach for a little over 90 minutes.
OLD is currently available in theatres.