M. Night Shyamalan returns to his comfortable position in the director's seat for his newest supernatural thriller, 'The Visit'.
"When Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time, they are welcomed warmly by both Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie). All seems well until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple. Once the children discover a shocking secret, they begin to wonder if they'll ever make it home."
Superfans of Shyamalan will be delighted with his newest effort, an attempt to re-establish himself as a worthwhile director, a goal he found himself falling short of in recent years with critical failures such as 2008's The Happening and 2010's The Last Airbender.
The Last Airbender was based on the animated Nickelodian series of the same name. The show's rabid fan base, although initially excited, did not approve of the job Shyamalan did with their beloved pre-teen hero. Many of its faults were in the casting of caucasian actors, stiff acting from lead, Noah Ringer, the utter lack of devotion to the story overall and the fact that many fans believed it was rushed with no clear sense of direction.
His 2008 failure came with the Mark Wahlberg/Zooey Deschanel thriller, The Mist. It was criticized for its poor plot, lack of enthusiasm, Deschanel's inability to suspend her disbelief and Mark Wahlberg's constant facial expression of "I have no idea why the hell I agreed to do this movie."
Early reviews of 'The Visit' suggest the film is an "okay" watch. But will it be enough to retrieve the respect from audiences that Shyamalan once held? We shall see.