The Sixth Sense


            “I see dead people..”…no I really don’t, but Cole does in the movie The Sixth Sense.  This is supposed to be a horror/suspense movie about a little boy named Cole who can see ghosts.  Dr. Malcom Crowe is a child psychologist who wants to cure Cole of his problem because not only is it his job but he wants to redeem himself for failing a former patient of his who had much of the same symptoms as Cole.  The whole movie is about Dr. Malcom trying to cure Cole while he and Cole both find out who they are and more about themselves and the people around them.

            This isn’t really a very scary movie but it’s a very enjoyable watch and is very believable.  The characters are all believable and create the definition of acting; all of the performances are nearly flawless.  Even though the budget for The Sixth Sense doesn’t seem to be all that high it is executed wonderfully, with the video, the sound and of course the acting.  It has a sort of monotonous feel but strangely enough it helps the movie’s atmosphere rather than hurt it.  Director M. Night Shyamalan (Signs, the Village, Unbreakable, Lady in the Water) has created a few well known movies, but The Sixth Sense has to be one of his best and his rise to fame.  The Sixth Sense has some of the most surprising turns and twists that I have seen in any other movie that it makes the first watch unbelievably good, and even if you have already seen it, it just for some reason keeps on entertaining over and over again.  There are so many small things that I have never seen in any other movie before, it just feels very original and fresh (even though it was made in 1999).

            The only thing I could say bad about this movie is that it seems kind of overly summarized; for example in other movies they often seem drawn out and all of the events usually are fleshed out enough, but in the Sixth Sense it feels as though there is so much information in it that had to be squeezed in such a tiny space…it just feels like an overall picture without too many details…. I guess that’s what movies are though.  I do have a friend that doesn’t like this movie much (I will not disclose his name…cough*cough* squirrel …cough), so apparently not everyone likes it, but that can be said about any movie.  For example I hate one of his favorite movies so I guess we are even, we are even.  Anyway I highly recommend The Sixth Sense to anyone who likes ghost stories or just good movies overall (unless you’re looking for action and sex in your movie, then turn away) – the Talking Mime



Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Rating 91%

  Rated P-13 (Violent Images)