Friday, 31 October 2014

The Sixth Sense Review (Updated)

The Sixth Sense

Release Date: 7th October 1999 - Australia

Production Companies
Hollywood Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall Company

Walt Disney Studios Motion 
Pictures Australia

Genre: Horror

Rating: M

Runtime: 107 minutes

Budget: $40,000,000 

Box Office Gross: $672,806,292 

Plot Summary
Malcolm Crowe is a child 
psychologist who receives 
the award on the same night 
that he is visited by a very 
unhappy ex-patient. After 
this encounter, Crowe takes 
on the task of curing the 
young boy with the same ills 
as the ex-patient. This boy 
"sees dead people". Crowe 
spends a lot of time with 
the boy (Cole) much to the 
dismay of his wife. Cole's 
mum is at her wit's end with 
what to do about her son's
increasing problems. Crowe 
is the boy's only hope.

Bruce Willis - Malcolm Crowe
Haley Joel Osment - Cole Sear
Toni Colette - Lynn Sear
Olivia Williams - Anna Crowe
Trevor Morgan - Tommy Tammismo
Donnie Wahlberg - Vincent Grey
Peter Anthony Tambakis - 
Jeffrey Zubernis - Bobby
Bruce Norris - Stanley Cunningham
Glenn Fitzgerald - Sean
Mischa Barton - Kyra Collins
Greg Wood - Mr. Collins
Angelica Page - Mrs. Collins

Writer/Director - M. Night Shyamalan 
Producers - Frank Marshall, 
Kathleen Kennedy and Barry Mendel
Production Designer - Larry Fulton
Director of Photography - Tak Fujimoto
Effects Supervisor: Stan Winston Studio -
John Rosengrant
Film Editor - Andrew Mondshein 
Music - James Newton Howard


2000 Academy Awards
Best Picture - Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy
and Barry Mendel (Nominated)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Haley Joel Osment
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Toni Colette
Best Director - M. Night Shyamalan (Nominated)
Best Original Screenplay - M. Night Shyamalan
Best Film Editing - Andrew Mondshein (Nominated)

This is the most recognised great feature from the once famous director M. Night Shyamalan that shared the acclaim between the audiences and critics alike of its scare factor and superbly written conclusion that thrills viewers with a completely unexpected reveal. The follow-ups to the movie in the later years from the same director like the abysmal THE LAST AIRBENDER (click here), AFTER EARTH (click here) and few of his other movies weren't up to the challenge in enduring the masterful quality that is forever to be used in THE SIXTH SENSE. Except for maybe UNBREAKABLE, if I get a chance around of watching it as an alternative. Likewise, this movie of its sheer mystery, drama and scary content does however prove Shyamalan that he is a capable director for the Hollywood spotlight. Besides the twist ending, the chemistry of the two lead characters was truly ahead of its time and especially the young troubled child which is portrayed in such a way no one will keep audiences speculating and formulating their own conclusions only to get to the end of the movie and have all the pre-conceived ideas blown away by the shocking conclusion that unravels.

I enjoyed Bruce Willis as one of the main actors of the film's cast, I am certainly not in to his usual glamorised macho style in his action-hero movies. He definitely pulls off his character with a high standard of depth and sincerity. I liked young Haley Joel Osment's performance and character in the movie a lot, I feel he succeeded in creating a character who was overwhelmed with fear, anxiety and distress that was impressively realistic. It's a miracle that none of these child stars like Jake Loyd of STAR WARS could ever fetch up to his promising talents. 

I quite consider THE SIXTH SENSE to be one of the three luckiest of M. Night's movie collection. I've been wanting to watch this atmospheric film for a long time now, but now it's a genuine pleasure to have seen it. Sure leaves you feeling as though you would be too terrified to watch it yourself!

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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