Saturday, October 10, 2009

#25 - The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense (1999)
Written and Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan.

Plot: A young boy (Haley Joel Osment) has the ability to see dead people, who basically just wander around doing whatever. “They don’t know they’re dead”. This disturbs his mother (Toni Colette), and he starts seeing a psychiatrist (Bruce Willis). And of course there is a twist but, you know, I’ll just let you hold on to that one.

Review: Shyamalan should have really stopped making movies and just left it at this. Then, when people think back on him, they could go “Wow, Sixth Sense was a great movie. Too bad he never went on to do anything else after that”. Actually, I’ll let him have Signs because I kinda liked Signs (possibly the Mel Gibson factor), and Unbreakable just to be nice. Unbreakable was shitty, but it’s easily avoidable and some how not as… tarnishing.

Everything else, though, can go straight in the toilet. I sort of liked The Village up until the crappy twist ending which basically just said, “Ha, I’m way smarter than you. Admit it” Lady in the Water sucked and I was too demoralized to even attempt The Happening. The title turned me off more than anything, as well as the fact that I could not for the life of me find out what the fuck it was supposed to be about. I don’t think there was even any information on the box regarding the actual theme of the film. Fuck that shit.

Mr. White told me it is about trees eating people or something. That sounds not good. Also, IMDb tells me that Unbreakable 2 is ‘In Production’. Fuck that shit too, I retract my previous statement about Unbreakable 1, it can get erased from human memory along with the rest of the crap. And you know what, there should be a petition to get him to stop making movies. Never mind Uwe Boll. Uwe Boll should be encouraged. His movies suck so powerfully I would rather be lobotomized than watch them (okay, that is a little extreme, but you know what I mean), and yet I want him to succeed. I mean somebody has to make it, right? It’s not his fault.

Moving on. This movie is good. It does make a point of how smart Shyamalan is in relation to the audience, but that doesn’t draw my attention like it does in his other films. Unfortunately, having now seen his other films, this one is retroactively ruined, but whatever. I can still almost go back to a time when I didn’t think he was an asshole…

Man, I just can’t get enough of hating on Shyamalan right now. I am such a bitch.

But whatever. Haley Joel Osment’s performance is fantastic (too bad he hasn’t really done too much since - he was good in A.I. and I really liked that Lion movie with Robert Duvall and Michael Caine, but other than that…). He totally overshadows Bruce Willis in this movie and he’s only, like, eleven. And creepy as fuck. In the time honoured tradition of fucking creepy kids in fucking creepy ghost movies, he is probably one of the best, right up there with the fucking kid from The Shining and Damien fucking Thorne and… I dunno… THE RED QUEEN IN RESIDENT FUCKING EVIL. Creeeeeeeeeeepy.

Um, yeah, this movie creeped the hell out of me.

Favourite Part: I really liked Toni Collette in this movie. She was fucking good.

Other versions: None.

Sequels: None.

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