The Sixth Sense
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Hollywood superstar Bruce Willis (ARMAGEDDON, THE SIEGE) brings a powerful presence to an edge-of-your-seat thriller from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (Oscar(R)-nominee for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director) that critics are calling one of the greatest ghost stories ever filmed. When Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Willis), a distinguished child psychologist, meets Cole Sear (Oscar(R)-nominee Haley Joel Osment, Best Supporting Actor), a frightened, confused, eight-year-old, Dr. Crowe is completely unprepared to face the truth of what haunts Cole. With a riveting intensity you'll find thoroughly chilling, the discovery of Cole's incredible sixth sense leads them to mysterious places with unforgettable consequences!
"I see dead people," whispers little Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), scared to affirm what is to him now a daily occurrence. This peaked 9-year old, already hypersensitive to begin with, is now being haunted by seemingly malevolent spirits. Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is trying to find out what's triggering Cole's visions, but what appears to be a psychological manifestation turns out to be frighteningly real. It might be enough to scare off a lesser man, but for Malcolm it's personal--several months before, he was accosted and shot by an unhinged patient, who then turned the gun on himself. Since then, Malcolm has been in turmoil--he and his wife (Olivia Williams) are barely speaking, and his life has taken an aimless turn. Having failed his loved ones and himself, he's not about to give up on Cole.
This third feature by M. Night Shyamalan sets itself up as a thriller, poised on the brink of delivering monstrous scares, but gradually evolves into more of a psychological drama with supernatural undertones. Many critics faulted the film for being mawkish and New Age-y, but no matter how you slice it, this is one mightily effective piece of filmmaking. The bare bones of the story are basic enough, but the moody atmosphere created by Shyamalan and cinematographer Tak Fujimoto made this one of the creepiest pictures of 1999, forsaking excessive gore for a sinisterly simple feeling of chilly otherworldliness. Willis is in his strong, silent type mode here, and gives the film wholly over to Osment, whose crumpled face and big eyes convey a child too wise for his years; his scenes with his mother (Toni Collette) are small, heartbreaking marvels. And even if you figure out the film's surprise ending, it packs an amazingly emotional wallop when it comes, and will have you racing to watch the movie again with a new perspective. You may be able to shake off the sentimentality of The Sixth Sense, but its craftsmanship and atmosphere will stay with you for days. --Mark Englehart
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I am watching The Sixth Sense for the first time in 2017. There are at least hundreds of thousands of movies to see, many of which are praised-- idk what percentage of people have never seen this one, but I think it's one not to miss. Not sure if I'll want to watch it again, now that I know the ending, but SD movie was 4.99 USD so, great. Nice to have it if I ever want to be sobbing again
Consider a youth so tormented by "mysterious voices" SUPPOSEDLY coming from the dead that he is eventually driven insane. Insane to the point that he comes back to murder the child psychiatrist (played by Bruce Willis) who tried to help him. And later, this same psychiatrist attempts to help another child (Haley Joel Osment) whom he comes to realize has the same problem.
Consider, then, what happens in a real world setting when someone DOES actually hear voices from the dead? How do we treat these individuals? This movie is a perfect rendition of this; we would normally be compelled to believe that someone is mentally unstable...who truly knows in the end?
This movie is rich in its depth and breadth of character and humanity. For it takes someone who IS dead to realize that a child CAN listen to the dead--and it is extremely ironic to think that a psychiatrist, armed with this knowledge, is unable to share this information with the world. However, the movie shines a hopeful light since he is now capable of helping this child!
Granted, on a base level of story, this one is a ripping good yarn with a wonderful surprise ending, but it's also stunning if one sits back and realizes the complexity of issues surrounding those we label "insane."
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