When we think about directors who surprise audiences with incredibly thoughtful and unexpected endings to their movies, M. Night Shyamalan is our guy. There are certainly other players in the game, but he's the director specifically known for it. That said, his latest Jedi mind trick that's premiering this weekend is "Old." The film follows a family that's trying to enjoy their vacation by going to a remote beach. For some odd reason, the instruction for this secluded sanctuary is that there are no kids allowed. If you know anything about M. Night Shyamalan movies, it's that the devil is in the details.
If you haven't seen the trailer yet, you can check it out by clicking here. In our opinion, to get in the mind of M. Night Shyamalan, you need to watch some of his other movies first. So, to help prepare you, we've picked out three of his best that you should watch before seeing "Old."
The first film that you need to see from the M. Night Shyamalan collection is this sci-fi thriller. It features Mel Gibson as a former priest living on a farm with his family when crop circles beginning taking the world by storm. This is a story about a man who's lost all faith in humanity and God that will have to do whatever it takes to protect his family from a potential alien invasion. When you're watching this film, it'll have you constantly asking yourself which events are miracles and which are just coincidences.
This flick is one of Shyamalan's more recent films which is actually part of a cinematic universe he's in the process of creating. The first film that you should also take a look at is his 2000 film "Unbreakable." Then, following this film, you should take a look at his 2019 flick "Glass." This film acts as more of an origin story for a man that some people would consider crazy. Though others might think of him as gifted. And, in our opinion, this is James McAvoy's most brilliant performance. And if you've seen this film, we think you would wholeheartedly agree. His character has a dissociative identity disorder, so he goes from acting like he's a young boy to an older woman to other personalities. But there's one personality in particular that's being inhibited and trying to get out that shouldn't be let out.
The Sixth Sense
And for our last pick we've chosen one of Shyamalan's earliest flicks which is also his highest-rated one. If you haven't seen this film, you haven't quite lived. This movie is what made M. Night Shyamalan a household name. It showcased his ability to deceive audiences with his twists in such a way that they couldn't help but watch the film at least one more time. You might think they're watching for enjoyment, but really, it's like they're watching an entirely different version of the same movie. We don't want to say anything about this film other than, Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment's performances are beyond belief.
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.