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(Review originally written at 28 July 2004)

With the coming of "The Sixth Sense" M. Night Shyamalan (how to pronounce it, I have no idea!) introduced a new kind of horror. The kind of horror that is more psychological than it is scary, although "The Sixth Sense" still has some good scares! The movie inspired many other movies like for example "The Others" with Nicole Kidman but also M. Night Shyamalan kept making movies in this new kind of horror style, movies like "Signs" and his most recent one "The Village".

It's hard to say what it is that makes this movie such a masterpiece. It might be because of the superb mix of drama, thriller and horror elements. A thing why all these elements flow so well isn't only thanks to the directing but also due to the acting. Bruce Willis shows that he is a good actor and can also play a character without guns. Toni Collette is also good and warming as troubled mother but real discovery of the movie is of course Haley Joel Osment. He is more than just a child actor, he is a real actor! He really deserved his Oscar nomination for this movie and I wouldn't had mind him seeing winning it. Oh well, his hopefully his time will come, after all he is only just 16 now. The movie got nominated for 5 more Oscars including best picture and best director. The movie eventually went home empty handed, a shame because the movie deserved at least an Oscar nod.

Already trademark M. Night Shyamalan element in a movie is the surprise ending. "The Sixth Sense" does have a good surprise ending, it's a kind of ending that makes you want to see the movie again after you finished watching it for the first time. Although not my favorite movie surprise ending of all time, it sure comes close to it!

See this movie for the tension the drama and the surprise ending.

10/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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