Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's return to his horror roots is a modest, effective, entertaining horror/thriller, with a number of nifty scare sequences and endearing performances from the two young leads. But it suffers from having a simplistic plot (the twist isn't exactly mind-blowing) and Shyamalan's trademark sentimentality. Still, this is Shyamalan's best film since Signs (2002), and a fun, scary watch.
Text © Ahmed Khalifa. 2016.