Zack’s review published on Letterboxd:
Lmfao this movie was so bad and so stupid and so unintentionally hilarious and I had so much fun. A great addition to the “so bad it’s good” canon. The premise is actually really interesting and could make for an amazing film if done right, but M. Night Shyamalan does literally everything wrong. The dialogue is horrible, it’s so blunt and unnatural and every character speaks like a robot. The acting, apart from Thomasin McKenzie who was the best part of the film by far, was pretty bad too. But I don’t fault that to the actors, I fault that to Shyamalan’s direction. He focuses so much on the over-stylized and obnoxious cinematography that he forgets to remind his actors how to act. The characters are all so bland, they literally have like one personality trait and they do not change the way they act throughout the film. Also, there were so many scenes and things in this movie that were just… so absurd and random and laughable. That’s the main thing that made it so fun for me, just seeing what crazy shit M. Night would pull out of his ass next. As I said at the start, the concept is super interesting and has a lot of potential. And I will admit, there are a couple moments where the film briefly taps into that potential. But then it’s immediately squandered by M. Night’s tomfoolery, he can’t keep a consistent tone to save his life. In typical M. Night fashion, there is a plot twist at the end. Sometimes he’s great at plot twists, other times he’s terrible at them. This is the latter. The twist was clearly just thrown in there because M. Night wanted to pat himself on the back for being clever (spoiler alert: he isn’t), it adds nothing to the movie, in fact it actually makes the movie worse as a more ambiguous ending could have made it somewhat memorable and thought-provoking. Oh, another M. Night trope? Inserting himself into his movies in cringy cameos, this is no exception. His cameo in this completely takes you out of the film, it’s so narcissistic. I won’t spoil it, but you’ll understand what I mean if you see the movie. And if you’re on the edge of it, I would say watch it. Because it’s an absolute blast. A terribly executed and laughably bad blast, but a blast nonetheless. These are the kind of movies we need every now and then, to give us some good unintentional humour and brighten up our day.