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what would Siskel & Ebert say?
My local reviewer wrote that this was a surprising return to form, that he managed to pull off another surprise ending that recontextualizes the whole story, and that, in these social media days, you should see it before the surprise is spoiled.
So I was game.
My background: I saw the 6th Sense when it came out. I did not see it coming and the ending worked to perfection for me. It built a huge reservoir of good will toward his future work, good will he squandered with one turkey after another until I lost interest.
So I waited for the big surprise. The last scene came and went and my reaction was "huh?"
I came home, went to youtube and found out what the big twist was. The Shyamalan super fans are floored by it. When I understood it, I cared not very much at all.
So discarding the twist, it's yet another psycho kidnapping teenage girls with a not too subtle sexual subtext. The psycho in this case is a man with 23 personalities, which provides the uniqueness and gives James McAvoy a chance to show some chops (he does OK and resists the urge to ham it up too much).
But it was all in all not much and I will again be avoiding his future movies.
...sounds possibly a little more interesting than the film Sybil, with Sally Fields, who had 16 personalities.
Like you I thought 6th Sense was brilliant.
Since then I've suffered through almost every one of the films he's made until I just gave up.
He is a true one hit wonderwhosomehow manages to get financial backing for his endless turkeys. He's the only guy alive who is worse than Stephen King.
Back in the 1980's I read a few of King's novels.....and liked them. However the movie versions of same never had the same involvement for me. So....if the only exposure to King's work is through the movies,.....I could see the negative impression.
"The Stand" was an epic read. The TV mini-series version of that novel, I found to be lacking and not anywhere near as involving.
"The Dead Zone"...another turd of a movie but the novel was great.
Since then I generally don't bother to see any Stephen King movies, or that recent TV series (The Dome).
The Body (Stand By Me's inspiration)
Short Story inspiring Shawshank Redemption
The Dead Zone
And yea, a lot of dreck. Let's never mention The Langoliers
"E Burres Stigano?"
Outside of "seeing dead people" what was the other Night goodie?
Unbreakable was pretty good - not great, but pretty good.
The visit until half(?) way in when we figured out the twist (which both Mrs. Nasty and I had suspected earlier). I guess the second then would be composed of a few good moments here and there from several movies of his. But yea, the seeing all them dead peeps movie was his only certifiable # uno.
"E Burres Stigano?"
Signs. I enjoyed that one. Signs and Sense. The rest pretty much suck.
King has supplied enough material for decades worth of great films still to be made.
Shyamalan is a sham.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
so one hit makes up for lots of flops.
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