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Talking about aging by telling ghost stories - "Old"

Today, let's talk about the American movie "Old Age".

The film is based on the 2010 graphic novel Sandcastle. The original author of the novel is Pierre Oscar Lévy and the illustrator is Frederik Peeters.
Director M. Night Shyamalan said the starting point for adapting the novel was the opportunity to overcome his anxiety about death and aging.

This film is M. Knight Shyamalan's second film based on a graphic novel after The Last Airbender (2010).

Before making the film, M. Knight Shyamalan screened two old Australian New Wave films to the staff, one was "Walkabout" (Walkabout, 1971), the other was "On the Cliff" Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975).

The director wanted to follow the tone of these two old films as "Old Age". In the film, nature is full of mystery, overwhelming and oppressive, and the film is also about the story of man fighting against the mysterious and powerful force of nature.

"Old Age" was filmed in 2020, which happened to be the heyday of the epidemic. The film crew undergoes nucleic acid testing every day.
M. Knight Shyamalan said that the most important thing is to ensure the health and safety of all people. Although we have worked and lived together for several months, no one has gotten sick, which is very remarkable.

Interestingly, the theme of "Growing Old" is a group of people trapped on the beach of an isolated island. During this epidemic, everyone's quarantine situation is very similar. They are shooting a movie that has nothing to do with the epidemic, and everyone truly feels the sense of fear and uncertainty brought about by nature.

The core setting of the film is a mysterious beach.

Organisms on this beach will be affected by unexplained rapid aging. The aging speed is about half an hour on the beach, which is equivalent to a year of normal life. In other words, spending a whole day on this beach will age 48 hours. M. Knight Shyamalan is good at the subject of ghosts and ghosts, and the way of expression of "Old Age" is also to wrap the warmth in a thick and strange atmosphere.

The specially selected group of tourists are not lucky winners, but guinea pigs targeted by pharmaceutical companies because of various diseases.

In order to speed up the research and development of drugs, this pharmaceutical company directly finds a living person to be a guinea pig and conducts in vivo drug experiments. This group of unlucky people has various diseases, and pharmaceutical companies are also developing various corresponding drugs. What is known is that they succeeded in developing drugs to treat epilepsy, but failed to develop drugs to treat mental illness, tumors, Alzheimer's, hearing loss, vision loss and other aging symptoms.

The core setting of "Aging" is about the rapid aging of life, and the content of the performance discusses the attitude of ordinary people to life and aging.
Not everyone can face getting old calmly, always thinking about staying young forever. There are also people who can correctly face the inevitable old age and find someone who will accompany them for a lifetime.

There will always be various regrets in life, but in the ending that is destined to grow old, how to make yourself accept the face calmly and not leave regrets for yourself is the most important. Judging from the performance of this group of despairing and unfortunate people in the film, the comfort of relatives and friends around them should be the best antidote.

Towards the end of "Growing Old," the characters find a science fiction novel that proposes a theory explaining Kojima's bizarre phenomenon, along with notebooks with the names of other victims. These are direct references to the original novel, in which the protagonist is a science-fiction writer who proposes theories to explain strange phenomena.

After understanding the ins and outs of the film setting of "Old Age", and then go back and think about some details of the film, you will find many interesting foreshadowings. When the driver played by M. Knight Shyamalan took the protagonist to the beach, he handed the tourists a lot of food, and said that there were three children and they would eat a lot.

Also, when the hapless tourists took out the food, we could find that all the food was well packaged.
Obviously, this packaging is a special treatment to prevent the food from spoiling.

Unconventional settings discuss aging, and face the life with a normal heart.