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Will ‘The Visit’ make or break M. Night Shyamalan?

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  • Paul Sheehan
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    #194197

    Reviews seem to be going against him … again.

    What can this one-time wunderkind do to get his mojo back?  

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    Emmys2011
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    To answer the title of the thread: he´s been broken for more than a decade. Its funny, and compliment to his earlier work, how we keep expecting him to have a comeback. I´ve given up. His premises still soung fun and misterious though…

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    KyleBailey
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    Why is this talentless hack still allowed to make movies after the bombs he has made over and over and over again?!  I just don’t get it. 

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    Anonymous
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    See this movie immediately. It’s no Signs and it is no Sixth Sense, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. The kids and Kathryn Hahn are great! The elderly couple are great. It’s hilarious, terrifying, and has a few touching moments. One of the best times I’ve had in the movie theatre in a while.

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    Halo_Insider
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    “Make or Break” implies that anybody cares whether or not M. Night can succeed. Any chance he had of that evaporated when he completely fell flat on his face adapting The Last Airbender, which truly could be one of the absolute worst movies of recent years. It was so bad that the previews for After Earth didn’t even acknowledge his involvement! And he comes across as a bit of an egotistical prick in some interviews, so I don’t think people have much good will for him as a person, either.

    That said, it does seem that his career is making a gradual shift towards the right direction. The reviews for his directing of the Wayward Pines pilot were pretty good,  and the response to his most recent film are probably the most generous that they have been in over a decade.

    So, he could certainly pull himself out of the trough that he’s been in for years, but that is admittedly a low bar to clear, and I still don’t think that the general public will care that much if he does.

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    vinny
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    Just soley based on the commerical I am going to see this but I’m praying that the kids arent seeing dead people…..that would annoy me.

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    John
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    I don’t like to see a director fail, and he seemed on a downward slide after Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs, unable to pull himself out. The Visit isn’t a blockbuster but it’s getting some reasonable reviews from critics and audiences, and it’s looking like a decent box office return on its modest budget. After his string of gaffes, getting positive critical response is an uphill battle. Its “found footage” aspect will automatically generate some cliched trope hate dismissing it without looking beyond that. Using that framework was probably not a great idea for that reason. The jury is still out for me until I get a chance to see it, and how well that framework facilitates the story.

    John 

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    I found “The Visit” scary-hilarious. And since I dont care what anyone thinks most of the time, I will confess to being one of his “fingers crossed” cheerleaders.

    The only one of his film(s) where I struggle to find any kind of merit is After Earth. But yes, I enjoyed Airbender and The Happening, etc. I see he has reteamed with Bruce Willis for his latest, which I hope is released to general audiences if and when.

    What does he have to do to regain ‘credibility’ with his detractors? Make money. Lots of money. The Visit had a very modest budget (5$ according to BOM) and has already raked in close to $55.5 worldwide.

    That helps.

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