You don’t need a big budget when you have a killer high concept.
That’s the formula for the best films from M. Night Shyamalan, and that looks to be the approach for Old, his new film hitting theaters this summer.
Based on the graphic novel “Sandcastle” by Pierre-Oscar Levy, Old is tells the story of a group of people stranded on a beach where, mysteriously, kids begin to age rapidly.
Per Night’s style, he appears to lean heavily into old-fashioned cinematic language, style and tricks rather than visual effects overkill to create his intended effect of suspense and horror.
Seems like prime material for a patented Shyamalan twist, too.
Starring Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Embeth Davidtz (Schindler’s List), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women) and Rufus Sewell, Old is scheduled to open exclusively in theaters this summer (from Universal Pictures, a studio that doesn’t have a backup streamer to bail out on) on July 23, 2021.