The Visit

Movies, Horror
2 out of 5 stars
The Visit

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

The only way is up for nosediving onetime golden boy M. Night Shyamalan following the disastrous hat-trick of The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth, a run of stinkers that makes Ed Wood look like Scorsese. And on the surface at least, The Visit feels like a welcome return to the The Sixth Sense and the writer-director’s early successes, with its rural Pennsylvania setting, hairpin plot and forgettable title. It’s constructed as a homemade documentary by 15-year-old movie geek Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her wanna-be-rap-star little brother, Tyler (Ed Oxenbould), whose trip to visit their estranged grandparents (Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie) gradually flips from a fun family getaway to a terrifying endurance test when it turns out the old folks have some unsavory nocturnal habits.

Shyamalan proves he hasn’t lost his knack for a short, sharp shock—there’s a hide-and-seek scene that’ll leave you whimpering—and his inevitable twist is a doozy. But there are two major problems here, and they’re both blond, blue-eyed and unbearable: if Becca’s habit of spouting great chunks of moviemaking lore isn’t irksome enough, Tyler’s penchant for breaking into squeaky improvised rhyme might actually induce panic attacks. The result is a bizarre, conflicted mess, horrifying when it’s trying to be funny, oddly appealing when it turns the screws. Still, if you’ve ever wanted to hear a lisping 12-year-old rap about how traumatic it is to have shit rubbed in your face by an elderly relative, step right up.

BY: TOM HUDDLESTON

Details

Release details

Rated:
PG-13
Release date:
Friday September 11 2015
Duration:
94 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
M. Night Shyamalan
Screenwriter:
M. Night Shyamalan
Cast:
Kathryn Hahn
Ed Oxenbould
Benjamin Kanes
Deanna Dunagan
Olivia DeJonge
Peter McRobbie

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