M. Night Shyamalan's fourth film, The Village, we are greeted
with an 19th Century village which is under threat of 'beings that must
not be named.' Being the case of Shyamalan, I cannot go into description
about the film but, rather my thoughts on how I feel it stacks up against
Shyamalan's predecessors. Which is not very well at all.
film starts out very interesting and very deep. We are greeted with this
town that has its very own 'undisturbed' beauty. However, this town is
in constant threat of an 'ancient' group of creatures [who the village
has had a truce with for some time]. The film progresses at a great pace
[some may find it a little slow] and then, just when it seems to be getting
really cool, begins a downhill run that eventually leads into the credits.
I very much looked forward to this film and was pretty disapointed with
its debut. There are, as in every Shyamalan film, nice twists and surprises
but none that truely blew my mind or interested me.
truely feel that more could have been taken from this film if a little
more of the small things, such as the act of not doing, were projected
a little better [some of The Village's ideas seem to just fizzle
off the screen]. Besides the plot, I greatly enjoyed the music along with
the cinematography. Both work to give a sense of looming and dark secrets.
music and cinematography are not enough to make a movie worth the admission.
If you plan to see this film make it a matinee visit.
Judgement: Easily the worst of the Shyamalan film series. What
started as a good idea begins to spiral out of control to the point of
silly. It will be hard for Shyamalan to ever match the film that made
him great, The Sixth Sense. C