The Sixth Sense
Not every gift is a blessing.
A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts of dead people.
It's easy to make this film be about the twist.
Or the fact that there are so many cleverly hidden clues.
Let's not talk about that.
Let's talk about the fact that this is one of the most beautifully constructed and deftly told ghost stories ever made.
I am convinced that Shyamalan is more a storyteller than a director. With this film, which basically put him on the map, he shows that he knows, loves and understands storytelling. It is a shame that along the way, with his later efforts, he seems to have convinced himself that he is a great director as well. It seems that the bigger the budget, the more apparent his flaws become.
This is absolutely…
Lots of people hate on M. Night Shyamalan. Points of attack include: "what has he done since Signs that's good?", "he uses too many plot twists", "his bad outweighs the good". All these criticisms are fair, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I feel, sometimes, like I'm the only person who thought The Village was good, and who enjoyed The Happening on the grounds that it is hilarious. To be fair, I haven't seen The Last Airbender, and I don't think I'm ever going to (I trust people on that one). It's a shame, though, that his commercial failures have overshadowed his moments of genius. The Sixth Sense being one of them. Shyamalan has been caricatured as a self absorbed…
M. Night Shyamalan a name now associated with box office duds and failures. That's a shame because he got off to such a great start with this film.
The Sixth Sense is a ghost story and for this type of film to work it needs to be scary or creepy. Fortunately for us it succeeds with flying colors in that area. It's one of the few films in the history of cinema that has made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and genuinely creeped me out. Shyamalan achieves this creepiness with a great story, and camera work that creates a claustrophobic atmosphere that had me starring at the screen wondering what I'd see next. I felt…
M. Night Shyamalan's best and only good film.
Remember the time when Shyamalan did good movies?
This is my Halloween movie. Sometimes mood and menace out trump gore in the horror stakes.
I have called M Night Shyamalan a master story teller in the past, and this film proves it. A wonderfully taught script, that is still brilliant even after knowing that ending. That takes some skill.
And what about that ending? I can only wish that I got to experience it all those years ago, but sadly I didn't. Luckily I find this film just as good a watch despite knowing its secret. There are just so many clues!
Thoroughly fucking awesome.
first installment in the #shyamalanathon. i love this movie so much.
Hey it's that one Shamalan movie that's actually good.
Watched this for the first time since I knew the twist, a very different film and I recommend a re-watch so you can see all the hints and clues, certainly the pinnacle of M. Night Shyamalan's career in my opinion.
There were a million boring ways for M. Night Shyamalan to turn every trick of "The Sixth Sense" to cornerstone pieces of a larger puzzle that snapped into place. Would have made for great re-watch material, but I'm not sure I'd pass Shyamalan's moody crash course with even a duster in hand. For lack of better words, "The Sixth Sense" emotionally killed me. Through superficial terror and skin-searing tremors, its goosebumps feel those of a hungry artist, slaves in harmony and fear, the way Spielberg could once carve sympathy in the everyday darkness of the human soul.
It isn't, ostensibly, a mystery, but a sort of ageless trivia following a journeyed heartbreak. Found in the adage of struggling mama bear…
First time I finally saw this and despite all the spoilering it still gave me the heebie jeebies.
Oh, if only more mainstream movies were this patient. And it's easy to forget--because Shyamalan's career has become such a disaster, because of all the parodies, because of the twist ending itself--that this film has three rock-solid performances, especially Haley Joel Osment. He pours his heart out in the interactions with Toni Collette, which tend to culminate in aching, realistic, tearful displays of emotion. For all the badness Shyamalan's inflicted on us over the last decade, he started very strong.
A masterfully constructed psychological horror film with deeply affecting performances.