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  • Adaptation Displacement: The film is an adaptation of a Swiss graphic novel that isn't particularly well-known to international or non-Francophone readers.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Idlib invites a lot of this. How much does he know of the hotel's true intentions? He tells Trent that he has no friends, and his uncle physically forces him out of the restaurant when he goes to say hi to Trent and Maddox after they were nice to him. Has he tried to warn people before with his coded messages? Or were Trent and Maddox the exceptions when Trent promised that they would be friends and FaceTime together?
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  • Ending Fatigue: After Trent and Maddox seemingly drown, there's a scene revealing the secret lab, exposition of the motivations behind the villains and a seemingly Here We Go Again! moment featuring another family. Then Trent and Maddox turn out to be alive, the cop who was staying at the resort is informed about the actions of the lab and there is a flashback showing Trent and Maddox escaping through the coral reef, with a cut to black. Then, there is one final scene of the two on a helicopter being taken away, before finally ending.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Trent and Maddox may had survived and put a stop to the scientists using the beach to test experimental medicine. But they are in their 50s, and it won’t be easy having normal lives, with around three decades taken away, limited education, and their mental age still being of children.
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  • Friendly Fandoms: People who found the movie to be a So Bad, It's Good narm-tastic piece of entertainment have largely shared these feelings with the movie Ma, which also had some of the same popularity in these circles. Youtuber Kennie J.D. (in her series Bad Movies & A Beat) and Drag Queen and podcaster Katya (in her podcast The Bald and The Beautiful) both have made this reference.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Guy and Prisca, due to literally being Older and Wiser, realizing that their previous marital issues were trivial in the grand scheme. It's an awfully poignant scene, but it's one of the few (if not only) gentler moments of the story. They make peace before they both pass away moments from each other.
    • Trent and Maddox thank Idlib silently for saving their lives by showing him they decoded the page he gave Trent. While he's sad on seeing that his new friend is now an old man, they are grateful.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The original graphic novel was going to have a twist ending, but then the creators decided it would be better to never explain the aging and have no one be able to escape. Then the film adaptation is done by a director well known for big twist endings, who indeed creates a new twist ending for why the characters are on the beach, although the cause of the aging is still left ambiguous. Granted, it's more of an explanation than an outright twist, given the unnecessarily gigantic bag of food makes clear early on that the hotel staff is well aware of what happens to people on the beach.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The unnamed Big Bad is a pharmaceutical executive posing as the manager of a high-class island resort. Years earlier, his team of researchers discovered a beach surrounded by mysterious rocks that produced radiation which accelerated the cell life cycle thousands of times over. Realizing that this could be used to run ultra-rapid studies on cures for notorious diseases, he founded his sham hotel to lure people to the island, with any guests with chronic illnesses sent to the beach for the drug tests, with the unfortunate side effect that the radiation causes them to inevitably die of old age. His studies have likely killed hundreds, but he takes no pride in that fact, believing that his victims should be honored as martyrs to scientific breakthroughs that could save untold millions.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • On Twitter, people have taken to mocking the premise of the film with a "beach that makes you old" meme. Usually it involves "Before and After" punchline with a photo of someone, usually an actor in their youth, a photo of a beach, then a photo of them in their old age from the present.
    • The Old movie. No, not the old movie
    • "They chose this beach... poorly."
    • That Shyamalan got the idea for the film after seeing his skin get wrinkly from being in the water.
  • Narm: It's an M. Night Shyamalan film after all:
    • Chrystal in the caves. While the context is appropriately horrifying, how her body contorts constantly to rather cartoonish proportions somewhat makes the scene unintentionally funny. Although if bone contortions, the sound of bones cracking, and human pretzels aren't your thing, chances are you'll get the intended reaction.
    • Mid-Size Sedan’s Dull Surprise delivery of “oh damn” when his female companion’s body is discovered, which is out of place in what is meant to be a tense scene.
      • Just………the fact that there’s a character named Mid-Sized Sedan. Try to say the character’s name without laughing your head off.
    • “I’M JARED!!!”
    • The fact that much of the film's questionably worded dialogue ("He's a joke, he's a pretend person!") sounds like something that came out of The Room (or Shyamalan's similarly infamous The Happening). Guy and Prisca's accents don't help.
      • One of the most infamous lines of the movie is "It's rust! It acts like poison when it gets into your bloodstream!", which Prisca says as the audience sees Charles being overcome with a septic infection after being stabbed with a rusty knife. The on-the-nose exposition mixed with her strangely enthusiastic delivery as a man literally dies right in front of her has garnered the scene endless mockery.
    • The dramatic zoom on the note decoded to reveal "My uncle doesn't like the coral."
  • Nightmare Fuel: As fitting for a horror movie...
  • Paranoia Fuel: You go on a vacation to what seems like a normal beach. Then you rapidly age and couldn’t get out. Until you die in a matter of hours. Then it turns out the resort had sent you there to test experimental medicine on your medical condition. Good luck on going back to your favorite beach.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: The dialogue style in this film is... different to say the least. Justified for the characters who are mentally 6 years old, as pre-adolescents tend to speak very differently than adults.
  • Squick: Teenage Trent and Kara have sex. They’re six years old but in the bodies of adolescents due to the beach aging them.
  • Tear Jerker: How all these characters had their lives stolen from them. Among them is Trent who can do nothing but cry to his mother about how frightened he is of (literally) growing up too fast.
    • Kara had to go through so much for being a mental 6-year-old. She's grown into a teenager, had sex with Trent, went through childbirth, and had to watch their child pass away. Trauma Conga Line doesn't even begin to describe what this poor girl has been through in her "lifetime".
    • Guy and Prisca's deaths are certainly bittersweet. They end up reconciling, with both having grown too old to remember why they were fighting or even why they wanted to leave the beach. Guy then drops dead without a word, with Prisca following less than a minute later, leaving Trent and Maddox truly on their own.
    • The hints that Idlib had an idea about his uncle's scheme and tried to save Trent by sending him a coded message. He finds out that they got the message, but Trent and Maddox are now in their fifties, meaning that he lost a new friend just after meeting him.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Fans of the graphic novel weren't happy with the film tacking on an entirely new ending, which overly explains what was meant to simply be a metaphorical fable about fear of aging, and even tries to give some kind of upbeat catharsis to a story it doesn't fit at all. As mentioned in Hilarious in Hindsight above, there are even fans who think the film could have used whatever ending was originally planned for the graphic novel instead.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: A lot of fans wish Trent and Kara's baby had survived to age with the others, especially since that happened in the original graphic novel.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Prisca falls under this when you look at the scope of her situation. She learned not too long ago that she was ill with a brain tumor. So what does this married woman with a rather decent husband do? Have an affair with someone else as if there's literally no tomorrow. No amount of illness justifies cheating on your spouse, be it something as small as a cold or something as big as what Prisca has.
  • Win Back the Crowd: While not exactly the best-reviewed film of Shymalan's career, the film largely pleased viewers who wanted to see Shyamalan (again) return to his thriller roots after being sidetracked by the poorly-received superhero drama of Glass.
  • The Woobie: Most of the cast, given that they experience accelerated aging that also causes their painful medical conditions to run rampant. Even the survivors are left knowing that they've lost both loved ones and the best years of their lives. The standout may be Kara, who loses her grandmother early on, watches her dad go crazy, gets pregnant without knowing what's happening, gives birth to a child who quickly dies, and then suffers a Disney Villain Death while trying to get help. And all of this happens while she's mentally six-years-old.