Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Director: M. Night Shyamalon

Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette

Run time: 1:47

Rant: Saying "Remember when M. Night Shyamalan was good?" has gotten old at this point. There are plenty of directors who have one or two great movies and fall off the face of the earth. Maybe not to this extreme though. The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable are incredible movies. Signs is alright and The Village is mediocre but after that it's just been garbage. Like actual garbage. No value whatsoever.

The Sixth Sense is a modern classic. It was nominated for six academy awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing. What made it so classic is the huge reveal at the end, which everyone knows at this point. It would be like spoiling Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father. The best part about this movie is the twist really doesn't matter. Sure it does to the story and all that shit but knowing the twist doesn't take anything away from a fantastic, spooky movie. It may even make a second viewing that much more fun, especially if you haven't seen it in years.

Bruce Willis is a child psychologist. One night an ex patient breaks into his home and shoots him. Since then nothing has been the same. Not until he finds a little boy who claims to see dead people. Bruce thinks helping the little boy would be like helping the patient that killed him-- I mean SHOT him! Whatever.

I fucking hate child actors. Even Oscar nominated child actors. Fuck 'em. With that being said, Haley Joel Osment plays Cole Sear and he actually grows on you. At first he's another annoying little shit trying to play pretend and act like an adult. Nothing more annoying. As the movie goes on he's not that bad. Everyone in this movie does an excellent job. Especially Toni Collette, who plays Lynn Sear, Cole's mother.

This movie is filled with really good jump scares. Once you feel settled in and you think there's gonna be a nice dramatic moment, they hit you with a dead bicyclist outside the passenger seat window. I don't know what happened to Shyamalan. How could the same person who made this movie make The Happening? It's one of the true mysteries of our time. Say what you want, The Sixth Sense is a perfect awful horror movie.

Terrible Lines: "You have to add some twists and stuff."

             Horror Film: 8.5
             Entertainment: 7.75
             Suspense: 9.5
             Overall: 8.5