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There is no turning back
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.
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…
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,…
Roger Deakins is without a doubt one of the best cinematographers in the world. The Village greatly benefits from his talent and competence. James Newton Howard might have created his masterwork on this film, a score I listened to many times before even watching the movie. M. Night Shyamalan reaffirms himself as a master of thrills, starting with eerie atmosphere, following with engaging suspense and ending on effective thrills. The forest scene in the second half is amazing.
I didn't have a problem with the twists as I thought they worked and felt appropriate. What bothered me was some of the decisions the characters made and the logic behind them, or lack of. The…
Much, much better than the disaster that was The Happening. Shyamalan's flair is ever-present throughout this film, and The Village doesn't hesitate to include his signature twist ending. Said twist is a bit ridiculous, but it's handled in a nice way. The atmosphere and the score are both excellent, harkening back to the way The Sixth Sense was executed. Everything else is pretty solid, but nothing really stands out as being anything but average. Unfortunately, one of Shyamalan's better films is just pretty decent. Nothing more.
Shyalaman's most, if only, underrated film.
I liked twist one and twist two but the final twist was groan inducing.
Loved the fantastical elements in the first three quarters of the film, didn't mind the obligatory twist(s) in the final stretch. A few top performances in here too. Will it stand up on repeat viewings? Maybe, maybe not, but let's bloody hope so cos I just bought the blu-ray.
so bad....just so bad so terrible the only good thing about this movie is joaquin phoenix in period clothing and that's the only reason i watched it anyway
Snooze material. Dramatically inept, poorly acted and unengaging. Does have some nice violin music, Adrien Brody and Wahkeen are hilarious and it has the typical phenomenal twist.
Great first act.
Solid second act.
M. Night Shyamalan takes a massive dump on the third act.
The usual pattern.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Brood
- The Lost Weekend
- Winter Light
- The Changeling
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
- The Seventh Victim
- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…