Releases September 11th, 2015
1 hr 34 mins
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Olivia DeJonge as Rebecca Jamison
Ed Oxenbould as Tyler Jamison
Kathryn Hahn as Paula Jamison
Deanna Dunagan as Doris Jamison
Peter McRobbie as John Jamison
Benjamin Kanes as Robert Jamison
Celia Keenan-Bolger as Stacey
Jon Douglas Rainey, Brian Gildea, Shawn Gonzalez, and Richard Barlow as the Police Officers
Steve Annan as Man on Street
Erica Lynne Marszalek and Shawn Gonzalez as Train Passengers
Michael Mariano as Hairy Chested Contestant
Review by Stephen M.
To say that M. Night Shyamalan has gotten a bad reputation the past decade would be no exaggeration. While The Visit doesn't necessarily redeem himself in the genre of horror, the film is a good fun watch filled with some interesting surprises. Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould plays siblings Rebecca and Tyler bound for their grandparents for a week having never met them. Their mother having left their grandparents under turmoil many years ago when she decided to marry an older man which they were against.
If you are going into the film looking for a hair-raising fright, you would be sadly disappointed. While the film does have its moments of scares from things (or grandmother) that pops out of nowhere to the thrill of life and death struggles, it is the comedy that M. Night Shyamalan with his talented young cast that excels and shines for most of the film. The film to me is reminiscence of the Goosebumps television shows with teenagers or young adults as more of the targeted audience. The story is clever and witty in a simplistic manner not trying to be what everyone expected and that is okay.
In contrast to the wonderful performances by the grand kids and grandparents, oh how much do I hate Kathryn Hahn's role as the mom. A bit too over the top in her role, somewhat forced you might even say, is it wrong to wish that she was threatened by the grand parents? Another thing that may turn you away is that in playing up the fun and comedic side of the film, Shyamalan may have made it a bit too goofy and even predictable.
Overall, I would recommend the film especially if you have a good sense of humor. It is a light-hearted horror film that is appropriate for young teenagers and up. The twist at the end that we have come to expect from Shyamalan is there, and it is well delivered. The performances of the kids really push the film to a higher level despite its goofiness. They are kids after all.