“A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.” – IMDB
In preparation for his newest film, Old, I finally sat down and watched the M. Night Shyamalan classic, The Sixth Sense.
Now I know Shyamalan catches a lot of flack for the twists in his movies, and I can understand that to a certain extent. Once you’ve seen one of his films, it’s much easier to anticipate the twists, turns, and thrills of others. However, I think that if each of his films is judged individually, many of them are still unique, thrilling, and deeply moving.
After 22 years, it was impossible to avoid the major spoiler of The Sixth Sense. However, as with Fight Club, knowing the big plot twist did not ruin the overall experience. Shyamalan, like his predecessor and source of inspiration, Alfred Hitchcock, knows how to dial the tension up to eleven. So, even knowing the jump, your nerves can help but be on edge through the movie. Add in an amazing performance from young Haley Joel Osment, symbolism up the wazoo, moving and deeply emotional storylines, and a score to make you piss yourself…and you have a thriller that stands the test of time.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go start counting down the day until Halloween (88, as of the publishing of this blog 👻)!
Rating: Worth the Watch.
If you like this movie, you should also watch: Signs, Unbreakable
With: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan