I see dead people.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info:

Director.Writer: M. Night Shyamalan

Features: Bruce Willis…Malcolm Crowe
Haley Joel Osment…Cole Sear
Toni Collette…Lynn Sear
Olivia Williams…Anna Crowe
Micha Barton…Barfy Girl (okay, actually credited as “Kyra Collins”).

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Premise:

After the suicide of a patient he could not help, a psychiatrist counsels a troubled boy who claims he sees visions of dead people.

High Points:

1. The ending. For once, the Shyamalan premise works in its entirety. I had the good fortune to see this with a friend when it first came out, before I’d heard anything about it, and long before the expectation that every Shyamalan film will have some twist. We both should have seen it coming (I’ve guessed more difficult solutions to mysteries), and neither of us did. I saw it soon after with my wife; she had the same reaction. More importantly, the film holds up to repeated viewings, even after (or if) you know where it is going.

2. “Silence, Village Idiot!”

Low Point:

The pacing drags in places.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6 This premise has been used before, though Sixth Sense uses it well.

Effects: 5/6.

Story: 6/6:

Acting: 5/6: .

Production: 6/6

Emotional Response: 6/6

Overall: 6/6.

In total, The Sixth Sense receives 38/42.

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