How Does Shyamalan Engage His Audience In The 1st Fifteen Minutes Of The Sixth Sense?
The Sixth Sense was written by a man called M Night Shyamalan in the nineties. The film’s genre is, ghost story/horror. We start to receive hints that the film is going to be of the above genre at the very beginning of the film because the music is very eerie and intriguing to the audience.
Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a distinguished child psychologist haunted by the painful memory of a disturbed young patient he was unable to help. So when he meets Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) a frightened, confused eight year-old with a similar condition, Dr. Crowe seeks to redeem himself by doing everything he can. Nonetheless, Malcolm is unprepared to learn the truth of what haunts Cole: terrifying, unwanted visits from the restless inhabitants of the spirit world.
The reason why the first fifteen minutes are so very important in not just the sixth sense but in any film is because the first fifteen minutes are when the viewers awareness or senses are at their peeks. If the viewer is not impressed by the time those fifteen minutes have past, then they will start to lose interest in the film. This is what could make the difference between a multi Oscar winning film and a film that gets walked out on every time the public sets eyes on it!
The film achieved many great things: 1) Huge amounts of publicity 2) Huge number of sales in videos, DVDs, posters and many more 3) it turned out to be an award winning film! All of this was thanks to the way that Shyamalan spent hours and hours over the script and how he didn’t miss out the tiniest of details, such as: after Malcolm is shot you almost never see his back, however when you do see his back he is wearing a jumper which in a sense could be enough to hide the blood form the lethal gun wound.