Allison M. 🌱 @ TIFF’s review published on Letterboxd:
Saw 7/19/21 -- review held until 7/22/21 for embargo
“Something is going on with time on this beach.”
A family of four goes on a tropical vacation after mom (Vicky Krieps) scores reservations online. But the Anamika Resort should really be called the Economica Resort, and you get what you pay for. The family is suspiciously “selected” to go to a more exclusive part of the beach. Since the kids, Trent (Nolan River) and Maddox (Alexa Swinton), are fighting and can’t agree on anything, Mom and Dad (Gael García Bernal) say “yes”. The kids are in a hurry to get there, but the mom reminds them that it’s time to “start slowing down”. However, this is just when things are about to speed up. Way up.
“I want to be here. Right now.”
Based on the graphic novel Sandcastle, M. Night Shyamalan adapted it to the screen and directed it as Old . It’s almost like he ordered a bot to write a script that’s a cross between Adam Sandler’s Click and Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel. Not only does time speed up out of control, but they can’t escape! Mua-haha!