The Sixth Sense – He Saw Dead People; Let’s Move On

Posted 07 Jul 2011 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Scott Martin

The Sixth Sense, USA, 1999

Written and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American psychological thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.What seems to be indicative of M. Night Shyamalan’s work, especially over the last few years, is his extreme attention to detail. Whether or not you appreciate his films is a moot point; it’s hard for one to argue that he doesn’t have a handle on what he does, and in The Sixth Sense, the ghost story that became a template for far too many films to follow, his detail-oriented direction certainly doesn’t go to waste.

Films like this only succeed, no matter how great the direction or cast may be, if their screenplays do; written by Shyamalan as well, this screenplay may be bold but is weighted by a slight amateur’s touch in the first half. Some of the dialogue is brow-raisingly awkward and (for those who have seen the film, which I’m pretty sure is the entirety of the human race) full of holes, holes so gapingly big that even simple assumption of what the characters may have done off-screen doesn’t help as it usually would. Some scenes are far too short to make the emotional impact intended and others are drastically overlong, but, once that scene hits, once Cole tells his doctor his secret, it’s a near flawless work for the next hour. Read More

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence – One Step Short

Posted 21 Jun 2009 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Jason A. Hill

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, USA, 2001

Directed by Steven Spielberg

robot david arrives at "pleasure" townA.I. is just one of those films people can’t forget or stop talking about.

Spoiler AlertI got about 75% of A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Everything about it was strange, interesting and wonderfully disturbing, set in the near future but having an almost timeless quality of modern consumerism. It centers around a family whose only child has digressed into a vegetative state. A robotic boy named David (Haley Joel Osment), the first programmed to love, is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee (Sam Robards) and his wife (Frances O”Conner), to replace their son, who has been cryogenically frozen until a cure can be found.

Though David is gradually accepted and becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David as he is abandoned by his “mother” and left to survive in a society that fears and hates their new robotic compatriots. Several groups of robot-hating humans chase David and his companions until they all are caught. David does eventually meet his creator, but fails to discover the meaning of his quest. He is then further pursued by agents of control. Read More