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At The Movies: The Visit Movie Review

September 28, 2015

FILM STILL - FOR SUNDAY - (L to R) Tyler (ED OXENBOULD) is terrified by Nana (DEANNA DUNAGAN) and Pop Pop (PETER MCROBBIE) in Universal Pictures’ “The Visit”. Writer/Director/ Producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

The Visit is the latest movie from M. Night Shyamalan, the director who gained fame and notoriety for his ground-breaking movie The Sixth Sense, but since then has released nothing but a cavalcade of lacklustre soporific moronic trash.

For this outing, Shyamalan adopts the found footage handheld camera genre and follows the tale of a young teenage brother and sister Tyler and Becca, who venture off to visit their estranged grandparents while their mother goes off on some shagging expedition on a P&O cruise.

So far so good.   The kids meet up with “the grandparents” who display some odd behavioural characteristics in otherwise seemingly normal domestic situations, including one moment where “Nana” invites Becca to “get in the oven.”

It’s all very Hansel and Gretel-ish, and it’s fairly obvious to see where it’s all heading and what the so-called “twist in the plot” turns out to be.

The kids soon discover that Nana and “Pop” are in fact deranged lunatics from the local asylum who have escaped and killed their real grandparents.*

They don’t seem too cut up about this, and despite being mere teenagers, manage to kill the psycho’s then their mother turns up with the police to take them home and they all live happily ever after.

According to some reviews, The Visit is a welcome return to form.  I don’t think so.

One and a half stars.

*Spoiler alert. This bit contains a major plot reveal.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2015 8:19 pm


    Or ignore.

  2. September 28, 2015 8:21 pm

    I like the look of this…

  3. September 28, 2015 8:42 pm

    The Witch looks good boss! My kind of movie… 🙂

  4. September 28, 2015 8:46 pm

    I thought so too!

    Gotta love the evil black goat & puritans doomed to death & debauchery!

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    September 29, 2015 6:20 pm

    I just realised how long that review is, sreb …

    Just sayin’ …

    (Yes I did read it again … thought I might have missed something … )

  6. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 6, 2015 9:25 am

    Happy days indeed!!

    We now have Andrew Bolt and Steve Price being broadcast into Melbourne each night. What a joy it is to listen to Andrew incessantly argue that the murder in Parramatta was religiously motivated as opposed to politically motivated. I managed to last 10 minutes before unclipping my crystal set.

    POLICE are working on the ¬theory that teen terrorist Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar was acting on the orders of other radicals and was not a “lone wolf’’ killer.
    NSW counterterrorism ¬officers are investigating who may have supplied the gun he used to carry out the brutal ¬murder of a civilian staffer at Parramatta police headquarters on Friday afternoon.
    “The possibility the teenager was used by extremists is a strong line of inquiry,’’ a senior officer involved in the operation told The Daily Telegraph.
    “That includes searching his computers, electronic devices and who he was in contact with on the days leading up to the shooting and on the day itself.’’
    The development comes amid reports in The Australian today that investigators have linked Jabar to a known British radical associated with terror group Islamic State, and that the pair had been communicating via the internet.
    They have also established the schoolboy was at his home last Friday morning before he went to Parramatta mosque in the afternoon, where he ¬listened to sermons by two imams.
    “What was said in those sermons and who he may have met at the mosque are all now being investigated,” the senior officer said. “There are hours of video and ¬recordings to go through.’’

    I think Shorten made a reasonable point by likening those that groom these junior murderers to paedophiles.

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    October 6, 2015 9:27 am

    Andrew incessantly argue that the murder in Parramatta was religiously motivated as opposed to politically motivated

    In the case of Islam they are impossible to separate … one would think?

  8. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 6, 2015 9:37 am

    Yes, and that’s why his semantics are so pointless, he is simply being divisive for the sake of it.

    …and how long can he lament the passing of Abbott? The mourning has to end soon.

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