Labor Day is upon us and with it the unofficial end of summer. Which never really made sense to me, these self-imposed ends of vacations, but I don’t make the rules here. This week we’ve got The Visit, The Perfect Guy and 90 Minutes in Heaven.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
See a good trip gone bad in the trailer for The Visit below:
My man M. Night has had what many would consider a pretty bad decade. After coming out of the gates relatively strong, dude’s spent the last ten years making movies like Lady in the Water (24%), The Happening (17%), The Last Airbender (6%), and After Earth (11%). That’s as terrible a run as you can expect to see out of anyone still getting funding and backing to make Hollywood movie. And it isn’t like these films are poorly-reviewed cult classics or anything like that. No, they’re just bad, nearly unwatchable films. The guy fell from the mountaintop pretty damn hard and it’s really a shame after an early solid run with Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs.
Now he’s back with a Labor Day release about an ill-fated trip to grandma and grandpa’s house. I’ll applaud him for a couple of things in his newest movie. One, it takes an extra set of balls (or just a last ditch effort at making something good) for a guy to make Gram and Pa the antagonists (possessed homicidal maniacs to boot) in a film. This, in and of itself, is at least an interesting take. Two, I found the trailer decidedly tense and scary. In fact, I’m typing this with an extra knot in my chest from the part where grandma invites the kid to get into the oven. If the film can maintain the intensity of the trailer then there’s a good chance M. Night’s not completely dead in the water.
He doesn’t have the benefit of the doubt anymore. Those days are long since over. But it wasn’t an accident M. Night Shyamalan made really cool movies to start his career. At least at one point he had a knack for building suspense and bringing the coup de grace twist at the end. The Visit could get him back there.