For a while I thought that M Night was trying to be the next Hitchcock. He kept appearing in his own films, although he didn’t have the grace of Hitchcock and attempted to blend into the background instead he gave himself some major parts.. He’s famed for blasting his audience away with impressive plot twists which
01.Sixth Sense (1999)
One of the first films that really planted M Night on the map. A haunting (literary) thriller starring Bruce Willis and “that kid”. To be honest at the time of writing this I’ve never watched the movie all the way though mostly because i got exposed to the “plot twist” waaaay before finishing the movie and everything was ruined. It doesn’t mean the entire film is ruined though it’s well crafted and pretty deep throughout. A cop befriends a kid who can see dead people. It pretty iconic and was certainly different for it’s time. 7/10 Continue reading 5 Selected – M. Night Shyamalan
One of the good N Might movies that I missed as I had given up as his films all had a similar formula but then went back when the films got really bad and it was made before he slipped down that slippery route.
Price (Samuel L Jackson) is a fragile little snowflake who loves comics, and spent his life searching for someone who he believed to be his total opposite Mr Unbreakable and he find such a man in David Dunn(Bruce Willis) who has recently survived a train crash that killed everyone else on board. So Price is now convinced and tries to convince David and his family that he does have super hero powers…
I don’t know if I watched it too late, but it just didn’t do a lot for me, it’s a brilliant concept and one that we really need to pay attention to because we need more people to realise what hero’s really are, and that we can’t rely on radioactive spiders to bite people who will in turn save the world, because lets face it, it ain’t gonna happen.
Samuel L Jackson is very poetic in his detailing of information, Willis is and always will be John McClane and is the perfect candidate as a (super)human hero, he’s supported by a talented cast including Robyn Wright (Mrs Dunn) and Spencer Treat Clark (Master Dunn) and all appear in one of the most intense scenes in the movie where Treat tries to prove to his father that he’s invincible and there is a pants wetting stand off in the kitchen where he points a gun at his dad and his parents try to talk him out of proving that particular point…it’s gripping.
M Night appears in a small role that confused a bunch of people, there is an “mind blowing” twist at the end but not one his best. a bit of action but mostly the film is padded out with Samuel L trying to convince Willis that he’s amazing and lets face it when Sammy L Tells you something, you pay attention. For the budget i would have liked a little less chat and bit more OMG he can do amazing things, but it wasn’t explored and the moment was lost. Still it’s a fairly entertaining movie, just nothing I’d ever want to watch again.
full review to come…
The Visit (Horror, Thriller, 2015) (18) D: M Night Shyamalan W: M Night Shyamalan C: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn. 1h 34m. USA.
Synopsis : A single mother finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.
This unusual chilling found footage drama is actually quite an interesting comeback for M Night Shyamalan. Seeming to pull away from the farcical fantasies that he’s produced lately this is a first in both being a film he’s not present in and his first found footage style movie.
Playing on several horror themes such as visiting strange old creepy family members as well as potential supernatural/haunting style disturbances the film, is cloaked in lots of mysteries as well as having a jovial fun side added in by the two children who are making the film.
Starting at a gradual pace with a woman talking about how she left her parents’ home a s young teen and never returning she shows some bitterness that her parents are now Councillors and have made contact over the internet with and want to see their grandchildren. She’s now getting into a relationship after a messy divorce and the children agree to visits the grands and give her some time alone. Obviously the kids Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) and Becca (Olivia DeJonge) are budding directors/rappers and want to film the entire event and investigate what happened when their mother left. The kids travels to their parents is quite interesting and allows the viewer to get used to the crappy camera angles and the characters as they interview people on the train and each other. Once they get to the grandparents’ house all sorts of crazy shit starts to take place and they start to dig at their mother’s past and get constantly freaked out by their folks “Sundowning” other bizarre and questionable habits and outburst. Continue reading The Visit (2015)