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VISIT, THE

SYNOPSIS: A single mother finds that things in her family's life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The second best thing about The Visit is the surprise twist in the story; the best thing is its sense of humour, which makes it possible even for those like me who don’t take to the horror genre (much less to M Night Shayamalan's recent films) to get something out of it. I hasten to add that many at the preview screening seemed to enjoy The Visit more than me, especially the humour and all those tired old horror movie conventions and cheap tricks.

What is worse than a wobbly hand held camera to record the action within the film is one wielded by a precocious 15 year old girl or her 13 year old even more precocious brother on the pretext she is making a doco. But that's just me ...

But the kids are good at being precocious (Oxenbould has a solid rap routine) and Kathryn Hahn is excellent as their divorced mum. Peter McRobbie as edgy Pop Pop and Deanna Dunagan as the wild haired grandma, Stacey, both work well as the dangerously lopsided grandparents. The ex husband gets short shrift in clichéd fashion, and the up mood of much of the film propels it past its flaws.

Shayamalan has stuffed this film full of the gags that make audiences wince, jolt or laugh gaspingly in horror, and wrapped them in a flimsy story rescued by the above mentioned twist. Then there is the incongruous music, a joke Shayamalan is playing through the film. He also weighs it down with a schmalzy sidebar that gives him the opportunity to end with warm hugs ... After the obligatory showdown with screaming kids and crazed killers.

It's probably the film Shayamalan wanted to make, so good for him.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

VISIT, THE (M)
(US, 2015)

CAST: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn, Celia Keenan-Bolger

PRODUCER: Marc Bienstock, Jason Blum, M. Night Shayamalan

DIRECTOR: M. Night Shayamalan

SCRIPT: M. Night Shayamalan

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Maryse Alberti

EDITOR: Luke Franco Ciarrocchi

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Naaman Marshall

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 24, 2015







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