REVIEW SUMMARY: M. Night Shyamalan’s 4th film packs the suspense and thrills of Signs and a story as strong as Sixth Sense.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A small village in Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. A woods completely surrounds this village, and in that woods there be monsters. A pact is made such that if the people never enter the woods the creatures will ever enter the village.
PROS: Good story; very suspenseful; strong performances – especially by relative newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard
CONS: All Shyamalan’s films have a Twilight Zone type twist. Going into the film knowing that, the zinger is less of a surprise when it happens. That does not make this a bad film at all, though, and I wonder if The Village would have been as breath-taking as Sixth Sense was had I not known there would be a twist. Some clown who’d seen the film film already was telling me things to look for, and so my experience was slightly spoiled.
BOTTOM LINE: Very enjoyable film with strong performances. I’d rate this as my second favorite Night film after Sixth Sense.