The Sixth Sense

“The Sixth Sense”, the only Oscar-worthy film of M. Night Shyamalan, takes the ghostly horror genre and turns it into a subtle, dark, and intimately shot feature. Starring Haley Joel Osment as the notorious young speaker for the dead, “I see dead people”, and a sensitive psychologist played by Bruce Willis. The movie is great at establishing mood and atmosphere, as well as emotional nuance between the boy and the psychologist and the boy and his single mother. We are never told where the father has gone, but can assume the effect it has had on the boy, a factor that argues to the audience that the boy may just need extra help. This is not the case.

The Sixth Sense begins with a shivering scene of a young-man who felt Psychologist Malcolm Crowe didn’t help him in the way he needed. The anger is thrown into physical action, and the movie starts with the recovery of Dr. Crowe.  Their is a massive twist near the end, one that has become famous in movie culture. It haunts with the actions of the young boy, while also creating sympathy through the extended hand of Dr. Crowe, who wants to help the boy even more than usual as a makeup for the failure with his past, raging client.

Stark, cold, and highly emotional, “The Sixth Sense” is a linear-narrative and a great piece of cinema, invoking cluttered sets and on-shelve photography to create a really authentic ghost picture.

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