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REVIEW: The Village

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.

2 Comments on REVIEW: The Village

  1. Simon & Schuster, Inc. is mulling over potential litigation against Disney and Syamalan for the apparently close similarities between The Village and the 1995 children’s book Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

  2. Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. Different setting, same plot twist.

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