Directed by fantasy/suspense director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, The Village, The Happening), Signs is the chilling story of a small farming family terrorized by unknown entities. Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) lives in Bucks County, PA with his brother Merrill (Juaquin Phoenix) and 2 children (Abigail Breslin, Rory Culkin). When mysterious crop circles begin to show up, one in Graham’s own backyard, Graham blows it off as a prank and wishes to know who was responsible. You see, Graham is an ex-pastor who lost his faith when his wife was killed by a local, Ray Reddy (M. Night Shyamalan), when he fell asleep at the wheel. Graham is able to have one last conversation with his wife before she dies and most of it is random and doesn’t make much sense, yet Graham remembers every word. Since then, Graham hasn’t put much stock into the supernatural and can’t enjoy life. When the unexplainable begins to stack up, Merrill has to snap Graham out of his funk in order to “see” the “signs.”
Making my personal top 100 list, Signs is special on many levels. It is scary, suspenseful and yet inspirational. Graham is able to see that even the most random and usual of things in our lives can have meaning at one time or another. Mel Gibson gives a great performance as Graham and you can see the personal struggle he has with himself throughout the entire movie. This is Abigail Breslin’s first movie at only the age of 5 starring as the water obsessed daugther of Graham. There is a good amount of comic relief so the thrills don’t overwhelm you, but you need to watch this movie in a dark, quiet, non-distracting environment to get the full effect. I slept with the lights on for 2 nights following seeing this in theaters. Co-starring Cherry Jones and Patricia Kalember.
10/10 Stars – One of my all time favorite suspense/thrillers!
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