Tag Archives: M Night Shyamalan

After Earth Review

Difficult it is to assess which problematic function of After Earth is the worst, whether it be the full-frontal nepotism or the allusions to Scientology, it is clear that neither helps M. Night Shyamalan’s feature. Nothing much helped him through a rocky period that began with Avatar: The Last Airbender and intermittently stopped and started from then on. At least audiences still have The Village. But they also have After Earth, a colossal piece of poor entertainment that will be remembered more for its strange allusions to L. Ron Hubbard than anything else. A shame, since Shyamalan films usually have something within them that makes them, at the very least, quite fun.

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The Village Review

Worldbuilding, as author P.D. James would find with her novel, The Children of Men, is not easy. Difficult it may be to sidestep the usual comparisons to the worlds that would seem similar to a unique idea, The Village does quite well in side-stepping the potential collations and references. It is no surprise that M. Night Shyamalan manages this with ease. Although his Victorian-era-like feature relies on the drab clothing and community spirit of a small village, it is not until the howls and wonders of the fields beyond the hamlet are focused in on that any turn for originality is presented. Lucky for audiences, that is immediate. The low-hanging camera focuses on an elated and embarrassed Adrien Brody, clapping, cheering and soon falling quiet when nobody joins in with his love for the ominous. 

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Old Review

Ageing and all that comes with it is the frightful core of Old, the latest thriller from M. Night Shyamalan. Where the peace and calm of the beach should be is instead a supernatural family-based drama, as a tropical holiday turns the lives of these poor holidaymakers into a living nightmare. That is how so few will remember their holidays, but the promise of a break away from the agonies of the real world is sometimes overstated. What is a holiday, anyway? Why must it be on a tropical beach that has some supernatural density to it? Who knows. Old is both a nuanced understanding of its themes but also a disastrous parade of ideas that never come together as they should. Wildly pre-emptive situations occur with broad results for Shyamalan and his capable cast.  

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The Sixth Sense Review

Yes, yes, the boy sees dead people. Get it out of your system. What a relief. The Sixth Sense is enjoyable with or without knowing the big twist, and thanks to a somewhat startling dominance of internet culture, anyone who has clicked on anything on the world wide web is bound to know the twist of this M Night Shyamalan piece. That doesn’t matter. Stories can transcend their twists through good writing and strong performance. The Sixth Sense does exactly that. A formidable debut from Shyamalan gifts audiences with a pop-culture thrill ride that tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) a boy who can, you guessed it, see dead people. 

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