The Village (2004)
USA / English
"Their Days Of Peace Are Over (Denmark) "The population of a small, isolated countryside village believe that their alliance with the mythical creatures that inhabit the forest around them is coming to an end.
Extremely Underrated (NO SPOILERS)
M. Night Shyamalan definitely did himself a disservice in releasing
"The Sixth Sense". Brilliant as the film was, its "twist" ending was so
powerful that audiences the world over expected nothing less from the
talented young director. And so, Shyamalan has been trying with every
single outing since to recapture that sense of awe.
Although many have made scathing remarks about the ending of "The
Village", it is perhaps his most perfect since "The Sixth Sense";
though by no means a huge surprise, it nevertheless settles into the
ambiance and leaves the film with a tinge of melancholy that belies the
It is a film of startling imagery, with a theme of 9/11-inspired
innocence versus corruption that creeps into the mind and stays there
until it unfolds over and over again. Many have called the acting
"wooden", but a second viewing of the film would change that opinion;
it is, after all, part of the point. Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron's
daughter) lights up the screen in an astounding premiere performance as
the blind Ivy, Adrien Brody delivers a searing portrayal of longing as
the dim-witted Noah and Joaquin Phoenix heightens the moody tone with
his strong, silent-type Lucius. "The Village" is about these people,
this community living in fear, not the monsters of which they have been
warned; it is about the psychology of fear rather than a horrific
portrayal of it.
It must be said that the only thing wrong with "The Village" was the
promotion for it. The adverts made it seem like a thrill-ride of Gothic
horror, like the scariest film yet to be filmed - and audiences were
running in their droves to catch yet another Shyamalan Twist. Instead
of investing their emotions in the characters, viewers kept their
distance in the knowledge that they would be hoodwinked, that the
entire thing was a set-up to catch them out anyway. Wrong as this is,
it was ultimately the undoing of the movie; had it been promoted as a
thoughtful, stark, moody piece of film-making, then both the critics
and the public would have been satisfied.
This is not a film about The Twist Ending, but about wrapping its
beauty around your mind, and the quiet, haunting finale is what helps
to keep it there.
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