In this tense tale of psychological terror, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist whose new patient has a problem far outside his usual area of expertise. Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is six-years-old and claims to see the spirits of dead people all around him. It seems that Cole has psychic powers and can channel the ghosts of those who were troubled. Cole doesn't understand his powers, and he has little control over them; he's constantly terrified by what he sees, and Dr. Crowe is the only one with whom he feels he can share this secret. However, as the doctor digs deeper into Cole's strange powers, it leads to strange and unexpected consequences for both of them. M. Night Shyamalan, who wrote and directed the film, has a small role as Dr. Hill. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
I'm not a Shyamalan fan at all. His characters tend to be flat and stolid. And often, you can't tell the difference between the children and the adults.
However, I think this is his best ever. The first 10min suffered from what I mentioned above, including bad exposition. But once Osment and mom enter, it suddenly seems 3-dimensional. They are the best actors in the film.
Definitely see it more than once. The methods Shyamalan used to keep its secret were nearly genius. He masterfully distracted us. Part of that distraction was the excellent story and Osment's awesome performance.
The last scene between son and mom was so moving that I truly believed they were their characters and not just actors.
Unfortunately, the last 10min return to the elements I can't stand in a Shyamalan movie. Not to mention, he plays not one but two characters in the film, an irksome recurrence in all his films.
I'm sure the material on this disc is great -- but with text like: "The disk presents the film in a 1.85:1 widescreen format specially enhanced for 16x9 televisions" in the description, it certainly looks as if the movie will also be on the DVD. Very disappointing.
I did not know the supposed "surprise ending" to this film but realized in the first 15 minutes what was going on. After that the movie really had no "suspense" and all I did was look for clues that my guess was correct. It got so obvious at the end of the first half that I began to suspect that there must be some other twist which made this so surprising. There wasn't. I'm not saying that I am smarter than anyone else, just that the weirdness of certain things made the "surprise" extremely obvious. Wasted rental on boring flick.
Although I saw this movie quite a while ago. I really must say along with other reviewers, you must see it twice. And when you watch the DVD watch the extras on the DVD, it will tell you the clues that were actually staring you right in face the whole time. The clues, you go, Oh yeah I was thinking that, Oh yeah that also. But you still don't get it until the end.
After talking with a friend last weekend we discussed this movie and said how much we liked it and it really would be such a spoiler if anyone had the brass ones to ruin the end for you and tell you what happens. If you haven't seen this movie do so, especially if you like mystery and suspense, It is A number 1.
This is absolutely one of my favorite movies. If you like ghost/suspense movies this one's for you. Very surprising ending, and excellent story line. This movie will be a classic one day, and will be a re-made movie. I rate it 5 stars. What are you waiting for? Go rent it!
Hands down the creepiest movie I've ever seen. I lost count of the spine-tingles the first time I saw it and the ending made my heart stop. Absolutely STOP! Then I couldn't get it off my mind for days, weeks even. And my 11-year-old niece had the nerve recently to tell me it wasn't scary at all. So how should I dispose of her body? Just kidding! LOL But that brings up an interesting point---this movie is probably a lot scarier (more disturbing) to adults than to kids because there are no monsters, no overt special effects, and no over-the-top acting, just true-to-life realism turned inside out.