The Sixth Sense (1999)
On the same night Malcom Crowe (Bruce Willis) receives an award for his achievements in child psychology he comes home to a rather unhappy ex-patient. The patient blames him for everything and shoots Crowe. After the startling and dangerous encounter Crowe begins working with a boy with the same illness as the ex-patient. The poor boy, Cole (Haley Joel Osment), sees dead people and no one believes him. Malcom Crowe spends all his time with Cole, trying to fix his mistakes from the past. Cole’s poor mother is having a hard time dealing with everything and is running out of ideas and patience. It is all up to Crowe to help Cole and himself. Also starring Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Trevor Morgan, Donnie Wahlberg, Peter Anthony Tambakis, Jeffrey Zubernis, Bruce Norris, Glenn Fitzgerald, Greg Wood, Mischa Barton, Angelica Page.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, The Sixth Sense comes in at #89 on the AFI Top 100 List. As you might have heard it is a masterful film filled with subtle details and a suspense/horror feel that is slow to over take you but when it does you will be shocked and amazed. Or at least I was shocked and amazed. The beauty of this film is in the subtle undertones to the over arching story. It is difficult to get just the right balance in a film like this and Shyamalan does it well. On top of which he has some great actors to carry it all out. Willis and Osment are fantastic in their respective roles. Osment especially is impressive. You really do believe that he sees dead people, and that is a disturbing thought. I am not a big horror film fan but the presentation of horror here is a the spook nature and isn’t necessarily gory. Plus there is an intellectual side to the whole thing, thus the suspense and mystery that makes it special. And after you watch it the first time and figure out the mystery, watch it a second time and you will see all the clues right in front of your nose!
9/10 Stars – A suspenseful and entertaining mystery that everyone should see because if you don’t you are missing out!
Another movie that is on the AFI Top 100 list as well as my personal top 100 list, The Sixth Sense is a movie that everyone remembers once they’ve seen it. Probably one of the Top 5 best endings EVER, M. Night Shyamalan broke into the movie scene with his masterpiece right from the get-go. I remember the day and time I saw this in theaters. I saw it with my good friend Candace on the day I turned 17 years old. I remember this because it was the first time I could see a rated R movie without my parents consent and I went to a PG-13 movie! The movie has a certain edge to it right away as you see a very sickly Donnie Wahlberg in his underwear shoot Bruce Willis, but alas Bruce is back for the remainder of the movie… yet we all know WHY right?? If you don’t know why… what the hell are you waiting for?!?!?! See this freaking movie NOW! The closer you are to your teenage years the better because you won’t be numb to the clichés and twists/turns of Hollywood and this movie will knock your socks off! Even the use of guided imagery is all over the place with the eerie dead people and the color Red like something out of a Edgar Allan Poe story. Sadly, this is M. Night Shyamalan’s best work (critically) and 2nd to my other favorite Signs, but he hasn’t really had much success with his other films (The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening). It’s funny to think that a movie I remember going to see when it was released is now considered one of the greatest of ALL TIME, but I have to agree!
9/10 Stars – There is a reason the catch phrase “I see dead people” is soooooo freaking popular!
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