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The Sixth Sense

August 21, 2010

The Sixth SenseDirector: M. Night Shyamalan 
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan 
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy/Frank Marshall/Barry Mendel
Starring: Bruce Willis/Haley Joel Osment/Toni Collette/Olivia Williams 
Year: 1999
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 107 minutes

One of my biggest sins can now be forgiven as I have finally watched The Sixth Sense for the first time ever. Listening to everybody telling me about it and asking me how I’ve never seen the movie before made me realise how popular this movie really is and it’s even made me wonder how I’ve never seen it before now. For those who haven’t seen it, The Sixth Sense is about a little boy who is continuously hassled by spirits everyday and wants help to get rid of them, in walks Bruce Willis to help him try and make sense of his abnormal power. I must say that even though there have been loads of movies that use the same theme and idea as this one, the twists and turns and the originality really makes it stand out from the other movies as well as the brilliant directing and the fantastic performances. The Sixth Sense boasts a brilliant cast and the main two characters, portrayed by Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, were phenomenal all the way through the movie. They made their characters their own and they were very convincing and sometimes even haunting. Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis are truly brilliant actors and this movie really shows off how brilliant they are.

The Sixth Sense doesn’t only have great acting but also has a gripping story. M. Night Shyamalan has done a good job in writing a story that captivated you all the way through the movie and had also added some nice twists and turns. The characters are also one of the greatest things about The Sixth Sense as Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Willis) adopts the role as Cole’s (Osment) conscience to ease his own guilt to try and correct where he went wrong with his other patients. While there is a good side to his character, there’s also a sense of darkness that gives off a creepy vibe. You felt a connection with the characters as whenever Cole was afraid of one of the ghosts, you were too. I think that the way the movie used that instead of trying to scare us through violence, blood and gore was a brilliant technique and is one that needs to be used more often in movies. Putting Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment aside, another great performance is from Toni Collette who plays Cole’s mother as we see her endlessly worrying about her son’s behaviour and trying to understand what is happening. Overall, The Sixth Sense puts in themes about coming to terms with life and death, understanding and redemption and holds those themes strongly throughout the movie. M. Night Shyamalan not only writes The Sixth Sense but he directs it too and he does a fantastic job as the movie was full of suspense and shock, much like Hitchcock. Using hardly any blood or guts or any jumpy scenes to scare you, The Sixth Sense will purely scare you through its creepy story and haunting characters. However, the thing that truly makes the movie even greater is the constant twists and the ending was the cherry on top. While I did see the ending coming half an hour into the movie, I was still surprised it happened.

M. Night Shyamalan has written and directed such a fantastic movie and it’s hard to imagine or believe that this movie was created by him. This is why I can’t help but ask how he created such a great movie as The Sixth Sense and then make an awful mess like The Last Airbender. If you haven’t seen this already, you need to as this is definitely one of the best mystery-suspense and supernatural movies I have ever seen and I would advise people not only to watch this but to watch it in the dark! 

8/10

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