November 24, 2015
Thanks to one excellent film in 1999 called "The Sixth Sense," I began to look forward to watching every film by writer-director M. Night Shyamalan. However, with every new film of his that came out in subsequent years, nothing more would match the incredible experience that "The Sixth Sense" was.
By the time, he came out with the truly wretched "Lady in the Water" (2006), everything went downhill. Even if he tried big-budget productions like "The Last Airbender" (2010) and "After Earth" (2013), both turned out to be big duds as well. When I heard that he would have a new movie this year, I did not expect too much anymore. But, I had to watch it to give him another chance to redeem his reputation.
Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) were a couple of tween kids who were sent by their mother (Kathryn Hahn) to their grandparents place in the countryside while she was on vacation with her boyfriend. However, the longer the kids stay with their Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop-Pop (Peter McRobbie), the more bizarre the behaviors of their elderly folks get.
For me, the main problem for this film was that the two grandchildren were so unlikeable. Both had such annoying bratty personalities such that watching them was painful. I thought choosing to portray the kids this repellent way was unwise because there was absolutely no one to root for in this film. Those rapping scenes were atrocious! At least, the actors who portrayed the grandparents did well to be creepy to keep the suspense up.
The big reveal that came at the end flew in from completely out of left field. I thought that it was implausible, unrealistic, or maybe just too lazy. The potential of the story may have been there, but the execution was truly aggravating. Ultimately, this was another pitifully terrible disappointment on Shyamalan's resume. 3/10.