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The Sixth Sense 1999
Directed + written by: M.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment
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The critic says:
5 the rating system
Fun factor: /5
Cole Sear is a little boy with
a secret: He sees dead people. They walk around everywhere, looking
every bit as gruesome as in their final moments of life, completely
unaware that they’ve died at all. It’s pretty scary, but he doesn’t
dare tell anyone, not even his mom – the kids at school already pick
on him for being odd, and he doesn’t want the one person in the world
who loves him to start looking at him the way everyone else does, like
he’s some freak. So instead he goes through his days looking haunted
and wary, distrustful and frightened, feeling completely alone. Then Dr.
Malcolm Crowe, a respected child psychologist, pays him a visit. Cole’s
case has caught Malcolm’s attention: Malcolm bears a striking
similarity to an ex-patient of his, one who recently showed up at
Malcolm’s house, blaming the doctor for not curing his desperate
unhappiness, before committing suicide in front of Malcolm and his wife.
Malcolm desperately wants to be able to help this boy, in part to
appease his guilty conscience over the other one, and to get over the
depression that’s been putting a strain on his relationship with his
wife. Slowly he begins to gain Cole’s trust – and soon Cole’s
helping Malcolm sort out his own life in a reverse take on the usual
Signs was perfectly solid, Unbreakable
pretty interesting, but The Sixth Sense is still the only one of
M. Night Shyamalan’s films that’s felt like a fully gratifying,
spot-on perfect piece of entertainment to me. By now, just about
everyone knows it’s a ghost story with a twist – but what makes The
Sixth Sense hold up even on subsequent viewings is that the
"surprise" ending is actually so obvious the whole way
through. The clues are present from the very get-go, and it’s only
because Shyamalan’s storytelling is so deft and his characters so
compellingly real that as a viewer, you find yourself sucked thoroughly,
immediately into that world — so much so that you can’t see what’s
right in front of your eyes, you’re so sure you already know what’s
there. It’s pretty rare for a mainstream movie to be able to catch the
audience by surprise, but that’s exactly what The Sixth Sense
manages to accomplish. Still, The Sixth Sense is more than just a
cleverly-executed trick ending – while the plot twists and ghost
scares may be what make the film such a visceral delight, it’s the
relationship between Cole and Malcolm that imbue it with emotional depth
and resonance. Both Bruce Willis as Malcolm and Haley Joel Osment as
Cole give beautifully-nuanced, intelligent, understated performances
that provide the perfect dose of realism to ground the paranormal
happenings. In the end, The Sixth Sense is as much an intimate
character-driven drama as it is a supernatural thriller – and deeply
satisfying to watch on both counts.—reviewed by
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