Its nearly time to dawn your masks and hunt for candy as Halloween is just around the corner. Given the time of year, we decided to go and check out the latest horror The Visit. Take a read on what we thought!
From M.Night Shyamalan the director of greats such as The Sixth Sense and Signs comes his latest outing The Visit. In this we see Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother and the luxury of WIFI as they travel deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their grandparents for the first time — Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie). All seems to go great until the kids start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple. Once they discover a shocking secret, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever make it home alive.
Ive personally had an on and off relationship with Shyamalan, yeah he’s had greats in the early to late 90’s with The Sixth Sense and Signs which got the ball rolling which garnered rumors that he would become the next big thing, then the 2000’s came along. Bringing with it some awful movies like After Earth; by the way I was a fan of The Happening, I will give him that. So going in with a mixed bag of feelings, I hoped he could pull off another awesome-bomb. So did he?
Well, yes and no. For me, The Visit felt like a very B-Movie style, pile of awkward acting. The use of the ”Found Footage” comes off as boring and over used at this stage. Yeah there were one or two freaky moments where I was kinda like ‘WTF’ is going on but I just felt like this film was too hyped up for its own good.
The brother and sister characters worked okay with one another but at times felt very forced. At at one stage I felt like, brother Tyler was incredibly annoying. The grandparents also worked well together, in most cases the grandmother stole the show so I would give her high marks for her performance — I just felt like the characters were very one dimensional and not properly written, it felt like an extra draft of the script was needed to flesh out each of the characters and make them more relatable to the audience. I don’t know about you but I am getting bored of estranged family stories and this is no help!
WIth the director in question, there is always a twist. So, how did it work out? Firstly I have to say that I was caught off by the it during the final act and kudos to them for that; I was so pleased it went that way but and thats a big but, it was incredibly under developed.
While watching the last act I couldnt help but feel myself think, ‘eh so when are they gonna work on the twist?’ but nothing. It was a brutal cop out to feel that there is your minor plot twist and suddenly role credits. Again I feel because of the directors status and how he manufactures a plot, the audience assume they will get a Sixth Sense type twist. Sadly, the truth of the matter is that we may not get one like that again, for a very long time.
With a somewhat massive build of tension and lurk The Visit fails to promote a well deserved conclusion thus falling flat on its face with a under developed script that left a tasteless feeling of enjoyment.
(Personal rating 2/5)
The Visit is in cinemas now. Nerd Out!