I liked it....and all them other people that always complain about his movies and their lack of this or too much of that.....if you don't like shyamalan's movies, don't go see them, if you do, enjoy them cause i love his movies, i love the village, despite everyones criticism and i love this one too! it's summer, you ca't expect much, not to mention, most people now go to "horror" or "thriller" movies to see blood and guts, but that's not what night is about...just watch some interviews with him, he says he loves the 50's "don't see it, just used your imagination" stuff....
As much as I agree that blood and guts has been the downfall of the american horror genre, I truly don't believe Shyamalan to be the cure. His stories are too contrived, filled with plotholes and at times just ripoffs of previous material. There is very little actually original about his films.
I'm a huge horror fan myself and if you want good horror based on mood, characters and actual story you should really look into Japanese and asian horror in general. Films like "Ringu", "Dark Water", "The Eye", "Audition" (Although I tend to argue Audition is really a romance film at heart) "Boogiepop and Others", "St. John's Wort" where the horror is more in what you don't see rather than what you do have been the saving grace of the genre as a whole. It's no wonder american studios are picking up the rights to remakes of these films, although unfortunately their appeal was actually lost in translation (Especially in Dark Water's case, where from being a story about how deep a mothers love can be it turned into a 90-minute film that tried to showcase Jennifer Connelly's acting ability).
I'd even recommend "Battle Royale" if you can stand the violence just because it's a film with violence and blood, but it's not what the film is about. It really does have an amazing message to it.
Personally I don't watch a lot of american films nowadays for this reason. Most of what we get are re-makes, sequels and material based on other material. Asian filmmaking and anime storytelling in general is still fresh, although I agree not everything is gold. There are always a few rotten apples in the bunch.
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Sixth Sense was awesome. I thought Signs was good. I had a combination of everything. However, Unbreakable, IMHO, was crap. I turned it off. And The Village...meh.
I just got back from Lady in the Water and I liked it. I didn't think it was bad, but definitely better than Unbreakable and The Village. I'm still sticking with every other movie of his sucking hard core. So, I'm not looking forward to the next one. I was entertained. It also had no "twist" in it, but I read that he wasn't going for that this time.
Oh well, to each his own. If you haven't seen it and are curious, spend the cash on a matinee. I know it's not much difference, but....And I felt I didn't waste my money today.
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I was entertained. That's all I ask for really. Well, that plus the air conditioning. I felt it was lacking in suspense, which has been Shymalan's strongest point in his films. I couldn't get into the urgency of the situation and why everyone in the movie would be motivated to help so easily. Like, none of the neighbors balked or asked questions or anything.
That said, yes, he was quite good in the movie. I don't not like him. I just think it's weird that he puts himself in his own movies. It's just something that's bothered me since Pulp Fiction, which is why I found the Tarantino comparison to be interesting.
the only movie i didnt like from M. knight was unbreakable. signs was good, the village was great, and i think M. knight is a great writer and director. I'm hoping that lady in the water will be like the village in the way that when the village was over, in the movie theatre i looked back and looked and heard everyone's reaction, and it was mixed, some people were upset cuz they thought it was going to be scary, and others thought it was brilliant because they got it. I plan to go see lady in the water this week, and if it's not good in my eyes, oh well, every director ends up doing a bad movie in their lives
Interesting that Unbreakable seems to be Shyamalan's least-favorite work with some of you MiceChatters - I am on the other side of the camp. I think after The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable is his best to date.
I thought Signs was absolutely laughable - and the fact that the aliens landed and invaded a planet that is 3/4 water - COME ON! Absolutely ridiculous. Not to mention, the aliens weren't even scary looking - they were just the stereotypical Hollywood-style Aliens. Meh.
And the Village - don't even get me started on the Village. The film was beautiful and had an incredible story and plot, but the twist was so pathetic, that it totally ruined the movie.
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I'm am now moving Unbreakable up on my Netflix list. I haven't seen it and now I'm curious. The main reason why I liked Signs at all was due to the suspense- he barely gave away anything and kept the viewer going for so long. And then the aliens looked like crazy Sleestaks, so that was a let down. But up until then, it was great!