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|Regie:||M. Night Shyamalan|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 94 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Actually Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her little brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) are looking forward to finally meeting their grandparents Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie). So far her mother (Kathryn Hahn) has barely talked about the two and has had no contact with her parents for many years. But now the single mother has finally earned a holiday with her new flame - the perfect opportunity to send the children to their grandparents in the country. Becca finds this very convenient, as she wants to capture this family reunion and the journey into her mother's past with her camera and thus work on her great passion, filmmaking. And everything begins as she imagined it: her grandparents are two lovely old people who live in an idyllic little house. The fact that her brother is annoying as usual and there is no TV and no mobile phone reception here, can be overcome there. But then Nana and Pop Pop Pop start to show more and more strange behaviour and the holiday in the country turns into a real nightmare...
"The Visit" can justifiably be called the comeback of M. Night Shyamalan. Although this Found-Footage-Mystery-Grusler doesn't come close to "The sixth Sense" or "Unbreakable", it is staged with much more love and passion than the soulless flops "After Earth" and "The Legend of Aang". After these artistic and commercial flops, Shyamalan completely renounced the machinery of big studios for his new film and completely self-financed the 5 million dollar film. And this is clearly noticeable in the film - both in a positive and a negative way.
"The Visit" actually doesn't break new ground. Especially the beginning is a single found footage cliché with numerous scenes full of (supposed) trivialities. But there are two aspects of the staging that set the film a little apart from other representatives of the genre. On the one hand there is the fact that Shyamalan staged the whole thing with a slight wink. Every now and then there are some very humorous scenes, that offer an effective contrast to the well done creepy elements. It's clear that you shouldn't take this work too seriously, which makes "The Visit" pleasantly different from the exaggerated seriousness of earlier Shyamalan movies. The second aspect is again typical for the filmmaker: "The Visit" also has one of the famous twists to offer. This is clearly prepared in retrospect at an early stage. Yet you just don't see them coming. This twist is great and has an extremely positive effect on the overall impression of the film.
If you want it to stay consistently positive, you should leave the cinema about three minutes before the credits. There's one scene that's the perfect ending. But for some unknown reason Shyamalan has decided to add another epilogue, which is just cruelly kitschy and completely unnecessary. The joy about the once again very successful surprise, which the filmmaker offered his audience, goes almost completely unrecognized in these minutes. Nevertheless: "The Visit" recalls in many moments in a very pleasant way why M. Night Shyamalan was once treated as Hollywood's new prodigy, before he became the punch line of a single bad joke that his last movies represented. Already with the TV series "Wayward Pines", which he produced and whose pilot he also directed, he was able to make up a lot of ground again. He can confirm this impression with "The Visit" despite the worn out found footage style and the cruelly bad epilogue.
So if you like horror movies of the very harmless kind, love found footage movies and admire the early M. Night Shyamalan for his surprising twists, you should definitely go to the countryside with Becca and Tyler to your grandparents. It's worth it! Worth seeing
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