Monday, April 18, 2016

Movie review: The Visit

Having never met their grandparents, who were estranged from their mother for many years, Becca and Tyler travel to their remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong visit. But, the vacation quickly turns to a nightmare when Nana and Pop Pop appear to be engaged in some strange activity and exhibit disturbing behavior.

Olivia DeJonge (Becca), Ed Oxenbould (Tyler), Deanna Dunagan (Nana), Peter McRobbie (Pop Pop), Kathryn Hahn (Mom), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Stacey), Samuel Stricklen (Conductor), Patch Darragh (Dr. Sam).

The Visit begins well enough with some mild character background and plot setup as we meet Becca, Tyler, and their Mom. Once the kids are with their grandparents the story looks a lot like a drama, which does get slightly more interesting when they begin to exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer's. Just about the time this one looks like it isn't going anywhere a couple of incredible twists are added and the film takes off like a rocket.

Acting was good with DeJonge doing a nice job and appearing to work well with others. Oxenbould was decent as well though a bit more experience will help. Hahn delivered as usual in a smaller role. Dunagan and McRobbie did nicely and both felt perfectly creepy at just the right moments. The remainder of the cast was solid.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are enjoyable and nicely done with good use of natural scenery and a good, solid feel. Effects were somewhat mild but fit the film well. Dialogue had good depth and moved the story along at a good pace. Sound and soundtrack were solid.

If you are familiar with M. Night Shyamalan films then you know things are rarely as they seem. The Visit is no exception. If you enjoy films that take their time building tension and challenge assumptions, check this one out. Just don't give up before the plot twists appear!

With some disturbing behavior, including brief nudity, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 4.18.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Horror

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