(CNN)M. Night Shyamalan is up to his aged tricks successful "Old," but aft his heralded breakthrough with "Split," he's backmost connected a downward trajectory. While the premise again has an eerie "Twilight Zone"-type quality, the agelong travel to a payoff -- littered with beauteous atrocious dialog -- mightiness beryllium picturesque, but it's nary locomotion connected the beach.
The writer-director-producer's vocation began truthful impressively with "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" that aboriginal admirers of his enactment mightiness person expected excessively much, becoming progressively mystified arsenic it drifted into second-tier productions similar "The Village" and "Lady successful the Water."
While "Split" offered a humble instrumentality to form, "Glass" didn't afloat unrecorded up to its promise, and present "Old" turns different provocative conception into a spot of an ordeal, 1 that the twist can't afloat salvage.
The premise finds a household of four, heading by parents played by Gael Garcia Bernal and Vicky Krieps ("Phantom Thread"), arriving astatine a sumptuous edifice (the movie was changeable successful the Dominican Republic), wanting to amusement their young kids a bully clip contempt evident strain successful their marriage.
Looking for activities, they're directed by the edifice manager to a private, secluded beach, which helium describes arsenic a "once-in-a-lifetime experience." Once there, though -- accompanied by 2 different families -- unusual things commencement to happen, arsenic everyone begins rapidly aging, a information astir instantly noticeable successful the children, but not constricted to them.
What's the cause, and is determination a mode out? For starters, there's nary cellphone reception, and the usher (Shyamalan, successful 1 of his regular cameos) dropped them disconnected and left.
Inspired by a graphic caller titled "Sandcastle," the macabre premise is surely successful the director's wheelhouse. But erstwhile the set-up gets established, the escalating situations go progressively schlocky, astatine times resembling a atrocious fearfulness movie from the 1970s, and efforts to inject bosom into these hurriedly introduced characters consciousness peculiarly forced.
Those shortcomings permission the formed -- which besides includes Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Alex Wolff and Nikki Amuka-Bird -- stranded successful much ways than one. And portion there's a just magnitude of clarity successful the resolution, dissimilar Shyamalan's aboriginal triumphs, the decorativeness (which fares amended the little 1 dwells connected it) doesn't present the benignant of wallop this benignant of workout could use.
As tempting arsenic it mightiness beryllium to accidental that Shyamalan's entreaty hasn't aged well, "Split" formed doubts connected that argument. While the genre that "Old" represents has an encouraging way record, to the grade it's taking immoderate prodding to gully radical backmost to theaters, it would beryllium bully to reward them with a movie much satisfying than this.
"Old" premieres successful US theaters connected July 23. It's rated PG-13.