• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Despite big-name billing, "The Sixth Sense" is a riveting thriller

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

THE SIXTH SENSE Despite big-name billing, "The Sixth Sense" is a riveting thriller The big name in "The Sixth Sense" is Bruce Willis, who gives a strong but subtle performance. But the real star is the film's writer/director M. Night Shyamalan. Remember the name of this 29-year-old Philadelphia filmmaker because he is a major talent with a vision and voice as remarkable as a young Spielberg's. Also pay attention to 11-year-old Haley Joel Osment, Willis' co-star. You probably don't remember him as Forrest Junior in "Forrest Gump," but you'll never forget him after "The Sixth Sense." The movie deals with child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Willis) who, after receiving a prestigious award for his work with children, is brutally accosted by one of his failures (Donnie Wahlberg). A year later, Malcolm tries to atone for his earlier mistake by taking the case of a young boy named Cole Sear (Osment), whose unvoiced fears have driven him away from everyone, including his mother (Toni Collette of "Muriel's Wedding"). ...read more.

Middle

When Cole begs him for help with the ghosts ("Make them go away!"), Malcolm responds quite sincerely, "I'm working on it." It would be absolutely criminal to reveal anything more about the plot, and you should avoid friends who have seen the movie and want to tell you about it. Suffice it to say that "The Sixth Sense" is genuinely creepy, heart-warming and utterly surprising - the best American film of the summer. A major Internet source remarked how the film seemed to come out of nowhere, with little pre-release publicity despite the presence of Willis. That's all for the good since too much hype, with which we have been inundated this season ("The Phantom Menace," "The Blair Witch Project"), can't help but dull almost any film's reception. ...read more.

Conclusion

Ultimately, however, "The Sixth Sense" is a triumph for its writer/director, Indian-born M. Night Shyamalan. Last year in "Wide Awake," the filmmaker explored another facet of childhood fears, as its diminutive hero sought to determine the existence of God after the death of his grandfather. Though his last film wore sentiment on its sleeve, Shyamalan nevertheless coaxed wonderful performances from his child performers as well as from Rosie O'Donnell, who played a frisky but kind nun. "The Sixth Sense" is both darker and more mature, even though it incorporates elements of horror and the supernatural. A few scenes in this movie will scare the bejeezus out of you, others will touch your heart. Again, like early Spielberg, who was equally wonderful with children and other worlds, Shyamalan spins an engrossing tale of terror, love and redemption. Most directors would have given their eyeteeth for Shyamalan's screenplay, but it's doubtful any of them could have directed it so well. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Films section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Films essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Comparisons between 'The Others' and 'The Sixth Sense'

    The credits in any movie are very important because they are the deciding factor to whether you will want to carry on watching the film or not. If they do not catch your attention and generate anticipation, it is likely that you will not enjoy the movie.

  2. Practical production essay- thriller

    We figured that the best way to achieve this was to stand on a table and film below. This allowed us to get a high enough angle to film. We also encountered a few problems whilst editing our thriller. There were quite a few things that we were unaware of how to do.

  1. The symbols in "Forrest Gump".

    Forrest was also very childish. He always referred to his mother: "...mama always says that ...,...mama used to say ...". His name - Forrest is very similar to word "forest", forest also is natural and there is nothing unnecessary in it everything has a purpose.

  2. Cape Fear plus more thriller assignment

    genre, and the fact it is set in a distant location out of civilization. Robert Dinero really takes up the generic type to be in this thriller movie as a killer. Also the red sky in the background of the boat signifies that blood will be shed and somebody will die.

  1. Analysis of The Blair Witch.

    of the legend * Civilisation - Isolation * Night - Day * Female - Male * Realism - Documentary * Utopia - Dystopia * Truth - Legend * Black & White - Colour * East - West (from Wizard of oz)

  2. sixth sense media essay

    A year later, Malcolm returns to work with another disturbed young boy, 9-year old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), with a similar condition to Vincent. Malcolm becomes dedicated to this patient, because he thinks that if he helps this new boy it would make up for not being able to help Vincent.

  1. Review of 'Shawshank Redemption'

    He never foresaw leaving and knew this would be his life. He didn't expect anything out of the ordinary to happen. He seems to be a lost soul not knowing what he wants or what is right for him. His death signified his confusion.

  2. The Shawshank Redemption

    Andy?s redemption came in the face of Shawshank prison. Andy was able to redeem his wrongdoings by helping his fellow inmates and by rehabilitating the prison. Shawshank gave Andy a chance to be a different man from the unhappy, alcoholic, money grubbing man he was prior to his wife?s murder.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work