I‘ve never been a big film ‘nerd’, but I love to watch movies. From comedies to horrors, I’ve seen them all. It was a tough decision picking a movie to critique, but in the end, I decided to go with one of my all-time favorites— The Sixth Sense. Director and writer M. Night Shyamalan often is harshly criticized for his films, but The Sixth Sense is for sure one of his best. In this film, main character Malcolm Crowe (played by Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist. In the beginning he is visited by an unhappy patient who commits suicide. From this point forward, Malcolm is determined to cure a child patient with the same problems as the man who commit suicide. This child is Cole Sear (played by Haley Joel Osment). Cole claims to be able to see and talk to dead people. Cole’s mother is at wit’s end trying to help her son, and Malcolm feels he can help. Malcolm has a hard time believing Cole at first, but eventually thinks that Cole is telling the truth. In the end, Malcolm finds that he is in fact one of the dead people that Cole sees because he was shot and killed in the beginning of the movie. This film is critically-acclaimed for several reasons. Firstly, the plot twist at the end of the movie was amazing. I remember being so shocked when I found out that Malcolm was dead for the first time. Shyamalan did a great job masking the fact that Malcolm was dead. He flawlessly covered his tracks. For instance, Bruce Willis learned to write with his right hand for the movie so that the audience wouldn’t notice his missing wedding ring. Secondly, Shyamalan incorporated clues to show that the world of the dead and the world of the living were uniting. He did this by using the color red. These clues were subtle, however, contributing to the shock at the ending of the movie. Altogether, this film was extremely thoughtful. Shyamalan would have greatly benefitted from putting the same amount of thoughtfulness into his other films.
(Image is still from The Sixth Sense)