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The Village August 23, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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I consider this be M. Night Shyamalan’s most underrated movie. Though it was not a box office dud….it still did not manage to please the critics as well as the general audience. The mistake people make while watching Shyamalan’s movies is to compare everything with “The Sixth Sense”. I’ve had discussions about his films with my friends in the past and everyone has the same complaint….Signs was stupid because it had aliens….The twist in The Village is not as good as the one in Sixth Sense etc..

Frankly speaking, The Village is Shyamalan’s most realistic film in the truest sense of the word…and it deals with a very interesting theme…..that of using fear of the unknown to create a make believe world for others to live. The movie has its creepy moments throughout ….this is one thing you can expect from Shyamalan without being disappointed….and the performances are first rate especially by Bryce Dallas Howard.

I feel if you watch this with an unbiased mind….you’ll surely like it like I did. Otherwise, please stay away.

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1. Sai - August 28, 2006

I loved this movie. I would rate it almost on par with The Sixth Sense. The thing people do while watching a Shyamalan movie is to try and guess the twist at the end and this totally screws up the experience of watching the movie because when the twist finally comes along many feel cheated because they really never come close to guessing it (The Village and Unbreakable had twists that were very difficult to guess while The Sixth Sense had a twist that could have been guessed by some as long as they knew to look for it and Signs did not really have a big twist as such) or because they feel it is implausible (well, fantasy is about things that are not really likely to occur and no one in their right mind expects this movie to be realistic fare). The publicity for the movie which seemed to say that this was a horror movie was definitely another negative. Though there are some mildly scary moments, this is more of a drama. Also, the plot is kind of convoluted and I know that quite a few people really did not figure out the story completely (if you miss observing one or two things that were not too obvious it gets really confusing).

This story really appealed to my imagination. Though most critics did not buy it, the basic idea was wonderful. Coming up with an idea like this requires prodigious imagination and that was enough for me to fall in love with Shyamalan again. The writing and execution by Shayamalan was superb (don’t imagine that Shyamalan’s Indian roots make me biased because there are other directors in Hollywood with an Indian background that I would never rate very high). The way he builds up the tension inside you is admirable. This movie has some “boo” moments but for every such moment there is an unescapable warning and we still tend to get startled.

There are monsters outside the small and secure make believe worlds that all of us live in. The Village and the monsters in the movie are analogous to this reality. I still can’t understand why most people never appreciated this idea in the movie. Bryce Dallas Howard’s performance is the one to watch out for in this movie and she has an able supporting cast with the likes of Adrien Brody, Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver to assist her. If you like interesting stories and can make sense of a somewhat convoluted plot, you can enjoy this film. If you tend to enjoy movies with imaginative plots irrespective of the other aspects, you should watch this.


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