M. Night Shyamalan(The Sixth Sense) adapts the graphic novel Sandcastle in his most recent film that takes place at an idyllic tropical resort with sinister undertones.
The Production: 3.5/5
Old is an intriguing film with a strange premise. Part of the appeal of the story is trying to solve the mystery of why these tourists are trapped, and aging so quickly. The ultimate solution to the mystery is a twist ending, however, it does not arrive unexpectedly since the audience expects some explanation for what has occurred, but the twist is at least an explanation that is not easily predicted.
3D Rating: NA
Old appears on 4K UHD in its original 2.39:1 screen aspect ratio. The film takes place in a colorful setting that is appropriate to the myriad hues of HDR. The background of the Dominican Republic provides a visually resplendent picture, and the special features reveal just how much of that setting was the product of visual effects, which are seamless in this video presentation.
Old plays by default in Dolby Atmos English audio. The Dolby Atmos track does not particularly call attention to itself, however, it delivers solid audio with the consistent crash of surf and discreet sound effects used to maximize dramatic tension. The score by Trevor Gureckis is similarly effective in establishing the suspenseful mood, and is served well in Dolby Atmos audio.
Special Features: 3/5
Old is an intriguing and serviceable suspense film in the mold of a solid Twilight Zone episode. The video presentation is flawless, and the audio is similarly flawless, even if unexceptional. The special features consist primarily of a collection of deleted scenes with a few brief production featurettes. Fans of M. Night Shyamalan will find this worthwhile viewing, even Old may not demand multiple viewings.
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