The Visit

WRITTEN BY: M. Night Shyamalan 
DIRECTED BY: M. Night Shyamalan
STARRING: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
RATING: 4 stars

Aspiring teenage filmmaker Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her wannabe-rapper brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) are sent to visit Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie) on their farm while their mother (Kathryn Hahn) enjoys a cruise with her boyfriend. Their mother ran away from home when she was young after a fight with her parents, so the children hope to provide a bridge to mend the relationship. Documenting their visit on film, the siblings soon realise things are not quite right on the farm. There is something suspicious going on in Pop Pop's shed and Nana behaves strangely after 9.30pm every night.

You may never look at elderly people the same way again after watching The Visit. The film is very spooky but equally hilarious. It is a rare combination and perhaps even more rare to be a success, but The Visit never disappoints. Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan uses only hand-held cameras to tell the story and it works effectively. What is perhaps most surprising is how quotable the film is and its poignant message about aging and family. The cast is also fantastic, including Aussie leads DeJonge and Oxenbould who have great comedic timing and can also handle the horror moments. Meanwhile, Dunagan and McRobbie are appropriately creepy and mysterious as the odd grandparents, and Hahn is a welcome addition in her minor role. The Visit is definitely worth seeing with an audience.