Friday 11 September 2015

"The Visit" (Guardian 11/09/15)

The Visit *

Dir: M. Night Shyamalan. With: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie. 94 mins. Cert: 15

This tardy rehash of fairytale tropes finds sometime genre innovator M. Night Shyamalan clinging in abject desperation to the found-footage movement’s careworn coattails. Charmless tween siblings – Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) raps, while Becca (Olivia DeJonge) addends irksome Filmmaking 101 footnotes – are dispatched to their grandparents’ place in snowy Pennsylvania; there, they and the target demographic receive a lesson in how oldsters are, like, totally creepy and gross. An hour of numbingly tedious potter precedes the inevitable twist-reveal, which plunges us into a risible final act combining the twin pleasures of Yahtzee and adult incontinence. Dull, derivative and flatly unscary: I’m afraid I see only a dead career. 

The Visit opens in cinemas nationwide today.

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