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5.0 out of 5 stars Art, entertainment and many subtle layers and messages, May 31, 2002
This review is from: The Others (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (DVD)
This movie has a number of levels, many of which are not immediately apparent because of the excellent acting, near perfect casting and exquisite cinematography. On the artistic level the movie will appeal more to artists and writers, and to those who enjoy a well crafted plot and a surprise ending.
On another level, though, this movie will inspire a self examination of how one perceives realities. It does this by exposing the filters and assumptions that we all use when observing and mentally correlating those observations with our knowledge of fact into our realities. It also has an obvious message about coexistence and acceptance.
Regardless of whether or not one believes in the supernatural, the story and the ending will be completely unexpected for most who watch this movie. The many clues wrapped in foreshadowing and other plot devices will not make sense until the end, but if you carefully examine them a day or so after watching this movie you'll have some keen insights into your own unique set of filters and assumptions that you use daily.
There are other levels and messages within this movie that will surface days or weeks after watching it, such as the way the female characters are portrayed as more proactive, central figures than the male characters. The movie also challenges religious beliefs in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. I am not sure if this is yet another subtle layer of the plot or if it reflects the views and biases of the writers and director - but these elements are there.
If you enjoy great dialog and a masterful story with an interesting plot that is presented with beautiful visuals then you'll love this movie on an artistic level. If you enjoy mental challenges and subtlety that is presented with social and cogitative challenges you'll love this movie on a deeper level.
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Initial post: Jun 11, 2009 6:32:43 PM PDT
P. Esser says:
I'm dialing up Comcast On Demand Movies right now to watch this movie....based solely on this one review. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2009 10:23:14 PM PDT
B Bailey says:
I hope you enjoyed it. I know people who were too scared even to see it through to the end and I run with a pretty rational crowd. It scared the bejeezus out of me.
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