The Sixth Sense

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Donnie Wahlberg
Box Office: $293,501,675 (USA)
Trivia: Reputedly, Haley Joel Osment got the role of Cole Sear for one of three reasons: First, he was best for it. Second, he was the only boy at auditions who wore a tie. Third, M. Night Shyamalan was surprised when he asked Haley Joel Osment if he read his part. Osment replied, “I read it three times last night.” Shyamalan was impressed saying, “Wow, you read your part three times?” To which Osment replied, “No, I read *the script* three times.”
Memorable Quotes:
Anna Crowe: I never told you, but you sound a little like Dr. Seuss when you’re drunk.
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Cole Sear: I see dead people.
Malcolm Crowe: In your dreams?
[Cole shakes his head no]
Malcolm Crowe: While you’re awake?
[Cole nods]
Malcolm Crowe: Dead people like, in graves? In coffins?
Cole Sear: Walking around like regular people. They don’t see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re dead.
Malcolm Crowe: How often do you see them?
Cole Sear: All the time.
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Cole Sear: You ever feel the *****ly things on the back of your neck?
Malcolm Crowe: Yes.
Cole Sear: And the tiny hairs on your arm, you know when they stand up? That’s them. When they get mad… it gets cold.

This was a fantastic film, filled with amazing visuals, a great plot, and a bone chilling after-feeling. I savored this movie, as it is one of the very rare horror films that actually have a good plot, and a very mysterious touch to the content. Keep in mind that many of the images were disturbing. This includes a battered woman, a little girl killed by her mother, and a teenage boy from the 70’s reliving his death by fooling around with his fathers guns repeatedly. A good thing about this movie is that when there is a very scary, or visually disturbing ghost coming up, they bid you no warning. On the other hand, when they play the creepy music, and you see the temperature go down, the ghost turns out to be look decent. This leaves you with a bone chilling experience either way. I recommend this film to adults 18 & up, and mature 15-17 year olds. I can not promise that those 18 & up will be fine with the movie, so if you have a creative touch, and like to replay scenes over and over in your head, I do not suggest this movie. But for all others who will be fine, I say, head to the movie store.

Bruce Willis is exceptionally good in “The Sixth Sense” cannot bode well for the film’s prospects at the box office. Neither does the picture’s deceptive ad campaign, which seems to promise a gruesome thriller. Instead, “Sense” is a slow-building drama with some sharp acting, a few shocks and a devilishly clever final twist.

Shyamalan offer a quietly unsettling atmosphere, which sets “Sense” apart from most contemporary suspense films. That the movie works as well as it does is due primarily to Willis and Osment, an exceptionally expressive young actor who never resorts to cuteness. Willis effectively underplays Crowe’s trepidations and dwindling self-confidence while Collette, the heroine of “Muriel’s Wedding,” is convincingly distraught in what turns out to be a rather underwritten role.

“Sense” is also extremely well-produced, using its City of Brotherly Love setting, an elegiac score by James Newton Howard and excellent editing to enhance its somber mood. Shyamalan’s film proves sometimes silence can create a much more powerful impact than a steady bombardment of crashes and booms.

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