Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Screenwriter: M. Night Shyamalan
Producer: M. Night Shyamalan, Sam Mercer, Barry Mendel
I loved the Sixth Sense. I cried like a baby during the scene in the car at the end. I thought Unbreakable was meh. Signs is what put me off of MNS permanently though. There's a combination of pretentiousness and jaw-dropping stupidity that really drives me nuts when watching movies. I put Signs in the same category as Dancer in the Dark -- movies that don't just leave me bored, but actually angry at the director for putting me through experience of watching it.
Now consider how Shyamalan shows the exodus from Philadelphia. He avoids all the conventional scenes of riots in the train station, people killing Philadelphia, not New York, and shows the population as quiet and apprehensive. If you don't know what you're fleeing, how would you behave? Like this, I suspect.
I suspect I'll be in the minority in praising this film. It will be described as empty, uneventful, meandering. But for some, it will weave a spell. It is a parable, yes, but it is also simply the story of these people and how their lives and existence have suddenly become problematic. We depend on such a superstructure to maintain us that one or two alterations could leave us stranded and wandering through a field, if we are that lucky.
Has anyone missed that it's supposed to be a re-take of a B movie? Mark Wahlberg's acting was bad to a point that it's intentional.
robocop is bleeding: My version of the movie would take place on a cruise ship in the open ocean. Green algae produces most of our oxygen anyways, so if Mama Nature wanted to introduce a person-killing poison, that'd be as good a place as any to start. ... [excellence ensues]
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