The Visit (2015) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Ed Oxenbould, Deanna dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn Olivia DeJonge
Rated: PG-13/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Universal Studios
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. 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.
I’ve always liked the movies of M. Night Shyamalan. I think I won’t at all be out of line when I say the whole “twist” thing when it comes to his movies was something I actually expected and looked forward to and back in those days those twists often shocked you. There is a bit of a twist in The Visit, but it sadly is one you can see coming from a mile away. Other than that, it is a bit of a slow-burn that does make you think pretty quickly that something is off, as we watch these two kids go and spend a week with their grandparents that they are meeting for the first time. The two kids in question are a big part of the story. The older of the two, played by Olivia DeJonge is a smart and sympathetic character. I think she may be the best part of the movie overall. Her little brother, played by Ed Oxenbould, hits the annoying little brother mark perhaps a little too well and it takes away a bit from how you feel about him or his well-being. They are basically the only characters we spent a lot of time with outside of “Nana” and “Pop-pop”. These two characters in question fit the bill pretty well also. They are nice when need be and they are creepy when it is called for as well. I actually like the use of “Sundowners” as a reason for some of Nana’s odd behavior after dark.
You can’t deny that the movie builds tension when you first watch it. However, once you’ve seen where it goes and know how it unfolds, I’m not sure the suspense will remain if you ever go back to re-watch this one. I also think when all the chips fall where they do, you can’t help but be a little let-down on the end results. Also, while it may not be here or there, I still feel the need to bring something up. The little brother here decides he will instead say a singer’s name instead of cursing. From there he drops such names as “Shania Twain” and “Sarah McLachlan”. I think any kid his age would be dropping such names as “Katy Perry” and “Ariana Grande”. I think the choice of names might be M. Night Shyamalan showing himself to be a bit behind in the times. Otherwise, the movie packs a few jumps here and there. It gets tense at the end, but I don’t think this movie will be standing the tests of time like his other films such as, Unbreakable, and The Sixth Sense”. The Visit is okay, but a little disappointing. The first watch will still be the best watch, but it may be your only watch.
– The Making of The Visit
– Deleted Scenes
– Alternate Ending
– Becca’s Photos
Quality of Transfer: 100%