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When a willful young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered Pennsylvania hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that will alter the community forever in this atmospheric thriller featuring a star-studded cast.
Serenely volatile cinema, and as gorgeously engulfing as anything M. Night Shyamalan has ever crafted. I usually try to not be one of those viewers that proclaims a particular film as "misunderstood" or "underrated", but I still can't fathom how the general audience sees this as a "bad Twilight Zone episode", especially because even (and not only) on a surface level, The Village is astonishing.
With Roger Deakins' cinematography establishing unprecedented atmosphere and James Newton Howard scoring one of the finest soundtracks of the 21st Century; The Village flourishes because of its visual/aural elements, both of which compliment the tender love story at its core. M. Night tackles this tale with the mindset of being a genuine artist with…
Many run-of-the-mill Hollywood directors can take a fun, pulpy script that revolves itself around some big reveal and turn it into a nice piece of entertainment with some fun clues hidden about, that you watch once and never feel any sort of inclination to watch again. However, very few directors can make a film with a big revel and work every single aspect of it to perfection, making it into an endlessly rewatchable piece of this much beauty and imagination. M. Night Shyamalan is clearly not a typical Hollywood thriller director or writer. His body of work (The Miscalculated Airbender aside) all have a certain timelessness and freshness with each rewatch, and for a director known for his big twists…
M. Night Shyamalan gets a lot of criticism, some justified some not so much.
To me Shyamalan always started out as a storyteller, who later grew into a director and ended up falling for the ego trap created around him by himself and the industry. This is perhaps his last well balanced and decent film.
Now, my appreciation of it stems in everything that precedes the obligatory twisty turny ending. It's not that I find the ending bad, or the twist weak, but I'd have been really surprised had he been able to finish this story normally. Towards the end the narrative seems to have one purpose in mind and one purpose only and that is to get you to…
M. Night Shyamalan's greatest aptitude might be that of control. His restraint has evanesced as of late, but there's no doubt it was once fiercely coursing through his style and approach. The Village, the last of the omnipotent Shyamalan, is also the final time his meticulousness and discipline was so completely illustrated and employed. His management of tone and ambiance is vigorous and so too is his narrative; one that gradually unravels in the most gratifying way. Audacious, clever and scrupulously structured, this is one of the most unfairly treated films of the 21st century.
Perilous creatures lurk on the outskirts of town, and the way in which Shyamalan amalgamates this with everyday life is subtle and cogent. The threat…
"there are secrets in every corner... do you not feel it?"
the dangers of keeping a public misinformed for the "greater good"... pain is a natural part of progress, and true hope/faith would be allowing people the agency to figure that out for themselves
What is the purpose of our existence? We cannot deny the fact that despite all the progress that humanity has made through the ages, it still remains answerless, cureless to the immeasurable crimes committed, wars waged, blood shed, atrocities inflamed, jealousies spurred, angers incited and the illimitable greed for more. The law is unneeded in a place where money is immaterial, sinful acts are unheard-of, races remain undifferentiated, contentedness instilled is paramount, the happiness engulfing is unbounded and the tranquillity embracing is unprecedented. Would we shun away the offer to live in such a place if it cost us only a lie? A simple, harmless lie that would forever change the course of things,…
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I still remember seeing this in the theater with my high school friends. During the climax when poor blind Ivy was being chased around the woods by a man in a beast costume, we were the ones down in the front laughing our asses off. The whole movie, for that matter, was so laughably bad, that afterwards I apologized profusely to my friends for convincing them to see it with me. Twelve years later and nothing has changed. Flaccid tension, dull characters, awkward dialogue, stilted performances (except for a lovely, lively Bryce Dallas Howard and an expressive Adrien Brody [though, to be honest, the treatment of his character in the narrative makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable]).
And then the twist…
Recuerdo que me gustó más que al resto, pero esto de los finales sorpresa cada vez es menos efectivo.
M. Night Shyamalan's THE VILLAGE was certainly not a film I'll soon forget about, !75 I don't know if that's a good things. My first Shyamalan, THE VILLAGE, while directed extraordinarily well, scored well, and shot well, deserved a more well written script. One that didn't resort to a boring plot twist, but one that raised the stakes even higher, one that didn't take out the most interesting character halfway through. I enjoyed THE VILLAGE, but there was a better movie there I believe, a few drafts away.
At work with the WATS team!
you fuckers were right.
secrets buried within a picture perfect town, until an awakening is birthed and their world begins to crumble, fragments of new life clawing their way out, unless they themselves allow it to stop. how far would you go to keep a secret? how far would you go to save your lover?
one of the most underrated films I have ever seen.
"On a Tuesday at a quarter past nine in the morning..."
A surprisingly talented and committed cast hold the film together really well and just keep your attention focused on the story. While this one does have a twist I like how it's not earth shattering and mostly quite sad.
Maybe M. Night Shyamalan's last good film?
Very eye opening movie! I read that this whole movie was based on a pbs show/social experiment where modern day people lived in total isolation and tricked themselves into forgetting they were a modern people and slowly they lost their minds and started killing each other and when the authorities arrived the only survivor was Laura Linney and she was gnawing on the femur of the village apothecary.
This movie has a lot of inaccuracies but it's really worth a watch. What has modern life done to us and should we throw away our cell phones and pretend to be pilgrims?
Also I find it very interesting, Mr. William Hurt that you only invited white people to your secret village. I doubt that's a coincidence!!!!
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