Synopsis: Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents’ disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation.
Witnessing a talented film maker’s fall from grace can be downright heartbreaking especially when they enter the movie industry with something that can still be referred to as an absolute game changer. In the span of a decade M. Night Shyamalan went from delivering suspense and tension at an almost Hitchcockian level to being a human punching bag for a majority of those who were paid to call themselves professional film critics. Love or hate the guy you have to admire his drive and determination he can still get projects green lit, he’ll get the general movie going public to talk about him whether its in a positive or negative light and no matter what that reaction is he hasn’t let this creative slump get to him. It happens to everyone in all walks of life and the only way to break a slump is to step into batting cage and swing for the fences. You’ll strike out a lot and as you mature it will become increasingly more difficult to even hit the ball but eventually the day will come where you knock the cover off the damn thing. (I’ve probably used this analogy several times in the past and I’m using it yet again I apologize for sounding like a broken record. I like baseball. Sue Me!).
Let’s get this out in the open right here and now The Visit is not on the same pedestal of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable or Signs. There will be those who will argue with me that Signs was the the cinematic equivalent of a exploding sewage truck I still feel that apart from that ending the film’s first two thirds is some of Night’s best storytelling. It can be said that with every passing film the shocking twists that were the man’s signature calling card had not only become dull and faded but also left audiences with looks of general bewilderment and confusion. After the failures of The Last Airbender and After Earth its as if Shyamalan decided to dial everything back to a very simplistic approach. The movie starts off going in one steady direction yet anyone who has given an M. Night Shyamalan feature a chance knows that the plot twist is going to try and sneak past you at a freight train level intensity. Or will it? Shockingly The Visit has a steady ebb and flow to the weirdness allowing our brains some time to interpret what’s going on. In past Night productions he’d just take all the wacky plot points he wanted to convey write them all down on a rubix cube twist all the colors out of shape and hand it off to someone to try and solve. This is instead like playing a game of Go Fish everyone can catch on pretty quick and while its simple fun by the time you’re done playing you found the overall experience rather entertaining.
Final Grade: C