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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Compelling concept, so-so execution; disturbing scenes.

Movie PG-13 2021 108 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 10+

Another great movie that makes us think from M. Knight Shyamalan

Great movie. Reinforced values of working together, staying together, learning together. Definitely had subtle theme of "life happens fast" and "be in the now and get priorities straight". Conception is implied but no sex in movie. One character admits marital indiscretion with regret. Couple reunites. Scenes to avoid or fast fwd through with kids = Surgery scene only involes 1 cut with scalpel then skin immediately heels. We told kids to look away. Climber falls and dies in a predictable nongory fashion. Watch for Doctor character to swipe back his scalpel in the dark as he soon stabs the hip hop start to death. Not shown close up, just implied. The real2 things to watch most for is when the brother and sister enter the cave--the lady in there breaks bones and they heal fast backwards--will scare kids. It's meant to be creepy. Soon after that watch for Prisca to slash the doctor with a rusty knife and tetanus sets in aggressively at warp speed in a dramatized scary way.

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age 15+

A wildly underrated thiller

A really good thriller with a LOT of violence. But it still has an effective twist, likable main characters, and a sense of dread lurking about the island. This movie does not deserve the hate!

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (42 ):

Shyamalan's thriller has a strong cast and an initially riveting concept, but it's uneven, and most of the best parts are revealed in the trailer. The performances are serviceable -- particularly Wolff, who's become an expert at the emotional range necessary for creepy horror/psychological thrillers. McKenzie is also notably good at portraying someone who's aged too quickly and is having trouble processing all of her complicated feelings. The adults range in effectiveness, with the striking Pierre (who's excellent in The Underground Railroad) having little to do as the confused and quiet rapper, Sewell chewing up the scenery as an arrogant surgeon, and Bernal and Krieps trying to telegraph how a marriage on the rocks would react when faced with an unthinkable crisis. Stand-outs include Leung and Amuka-Bird, who play the story's sole likable and stable couple.

As in all of his films, Shyamalan also cast himself in a notable, more-than-cameo role, and, while it was predictable, he should have given himself an even smaller part. The twists here, once the titular premise is revealed, are underwhelming (and one is as obvious as Chekhov's gun). There's no gasp-worthy Sixth Sense or The Others moment, which is fine, but the "aha!" doesn't even matter much, because audiences may no longer be invested in the outcome. The best, freakiest parts of the movie rely mostly on the kids' accelerated growth, along with the physiological abnormalities that different characters face while aging a lot in one day (not a spoiler; it's right there in the title). Old ranks somewhere in the bottom half of Shyamalan's filmography, but even so it's worth a look -- if only to see the kids fast-forward into teens.

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