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.