Saturday, July 31, 2004

The Village

The Village, M. Night Shyamalan's latest release, debuted this weekend. Prior to The Village, M. Night Shyamalan wrote, directed and produced The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs. The Village is a worthy addition to that filmography. Out of those films, I would say that The Village was second only in overall quality to The Sixth Sense -- and a narrow second at that.

I cannot go into the plot too much because suspense is a key element of this film. However, I will say that the story centers around a blind character. Blindness is always an effective vehicle for suspense, and Bryce Dallas Howard gives a compelling performance in the role. William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver and Joaquin Phoenix are also excellent in the film, and Academy Award winner, Adrien Brody, provides a stirring portrayal of a mentally disturbed man.

Like most Shyamalan films, The Village is suspenseful without relying on gore. It portrays believable characters without including foul language, and it presents a moving love story without resorting to the cheap techinique of showing steamy sex. The plot is crisply written, intriguing and extremely creative. In summary, I think The Village is an outstanding film and well worth the price of admission.