'Old' finds director M. Night Shyamalan up to the same old tricks

M. Night Shyamalan is up to his old tricks in "Old," but after his heralded breakthrough with "Split," he's back on a downward trajectory. While the premise again has an eerie "Twilight Zone"-type quality, the long journey to a payoff -- littered with pretty awful dialogue -- might be picturesque, but it's no walk on the beach.

The writer-director-producer's career began so impressively with "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" that early admirers of his work might have expected too much, becoming increasingly mystified as it drifted into second-tier productions like "The Village" and "Lady in the Water."

While "Split" offered a modest return to form, "Glass" didn't fully live up to its promise, and now "Old" turns another provocative concept into a bit of an ordeal, one that the twist can't fully salvage.

The premise finds a family of four, heading by parents played by Gael Garcia Bernal and Vicky Krieps ("Phantom Thread"), arriving at a sumptuous resort (the movie was shot in the Dominican Republic), wanting to show their young kids a good time despite obvious strain in their marriage.