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.
If there is one thing I wasn't expecting it would be that the M. Night Shyamalan reevalution would turn around and bite itself in the ass.
When I first saw this I loved it. I found it geniunely scary and if you would have asked me what my favourite scary Shyamalan movie was I would have said "The Village". However, I have to rate today's rewatch and unlike "The Sixth Sense" this didn't hold up that well. Interestingly enough I never bothered to watch it a second time and right now I know why. There isn't that much fun to be had with finding the little clues once you know the twist and it deflates terribly on itself. With the…
bumped this up to a 4 after a rewatch, picked up on a lot of things I missed before and I'm starting to view this as one of shamy's best (not that he has many to start with)
M. Night Shiggydiggy presents, The Most Boring Cinematography Ever: The Movie, starring Plot Twist that can be seen from a mile away!(as far as the first twist). The only thing entertaining about this was Based Joaquin and the second "tweest" was kind of neat.
Shyamalan's most sophisticated work as a writer, even if it lacks the structural perfection of 'The Sixth Sense'. Works in multiple layers: as a love story, a political allegory and (least successfully) a monster movie.
I will defend this movie to my grave. Why would you mock M. Night Shyamalan for this one, which I consider to be an impeccably-directed, suspenseful movie, when you can so easily mock him for everything he's made afterwards?
Not your average horror. A dark suspenseful film that delivers on most levels needed for a decent horror. A very good twist at the end, probably the most unexpected twist iv'e seen since fight club.
I really enjoyed this, more than i expected. It's different and unique. Two very difficult things the accomplish and master in the horror genre. So fair play.
Along side The Others, it's my favourite Shyamalan film.
I don't know how I somehow went this long without seeing this one. So glad I managed to remain unspoiled.
A creepy, wonderfully atmospheric tale. Awesome cinematography from Mr. Deakins (Skyfall), as always. Haunting music, too.
A rather slow, dull picture, the main gag "the creatures" is pretty weak so it's a long time in reveal, but as a story element they're not good enough to hold this story together. 'The Village' is an expression of the American middle class dream of escaping modern life and all it's torments. A desire to reach back into a Hollywood invented history to grasp some sense of innocence which never existed. A nostalgic fantasy as expressed by a disillusioned society.
After a recommendation from a friend (big Shyamalan fan), I have been persuaded to finally watch "The Village".
I know why I never was really interested in watching it.
Boring and predictable, visually okay, but overall absolutely not my thing...
Watching this film for the first time 9 years after it's release, having missed all the hoopla around it, I'm surprisingly struck by how good the film was. I expected it to disappoint me, and I'm not. Instead, I'm left pondering some incredibly awesome questions that the film brings forward. Shyamalan was really onto some good ideas in this story. But I did feel there were a few missteps and missed opportunities that could have made the movie even better. I definitely want to see this one again in a few years after I have time to let it sink in. Some of the imagery and emotions feel like they will stick with me and make me crave the idyllic…