JunkerSeed Posted July 31, 2002 Share Posted July 31, 2002 I got to go to a sneak preview of this today and I thought it was great. M. Night Shyamalan is definately up there on my list of awesome new directors that are gonna become the greats of the future. It's sort of like his other two movies (Sixth sense and unbreakable) in that he gets a tired topic (aliens/crop circles this time around) and makes something great out of it. What I really like about him is that he has a great distinctive style. You can tell who's directing just by glancing at a minute or so of film. It's shot perfectly, every single shot is unique in some way, either in the angle, or how the camera moves during the shot, or how the characters move in relation to the camera, it's hard to describe, but this guy knows where to put the camera. I thought this movie was actually genuinely scary. There were a couple of "BOO!" scares, but mostly I mean tension. Holy shit this movie gets really fucking tense and suspenseful at points. Out of all these new directors I'd say Shyamalan identifies most with hitchcock, at least visually. He takes the "Less is more" approach, and it works great. What you can't see is definately what scares you. There are just some absolutely great moments that make me want to see this guy do more thrillers, or maybe even straight up horror. Acting was cool too, Gibson played a fairly different character I think, flawed, unsure of himself. The kids were great, and Joaquin Phoenix did a cool job being a sort of halfway point between the kids and the father. It was actually funnier than I expected it to be, the humor is pretty good, it breaks up the tension well, so the movie's fairly well-paced. It did have it's flaws, but I'd have to spoil a lot to mention them, basically, it certainly wasnt perfect, but there were lots of moments where I was on the edge of my seat thinking "This is AWESOME" so I still say I loved it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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