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The Sixth Sense

This is one of Bruce’s more gentle movies where he is not a Badass. There is not exploding in this one and he never says a funny line after he kills someone because, to be frankly honest, he never kills ANYONE in this movie. However despite this disappointment I think alot of motherfuckers will like this movie if it catches on on the videos.

Bruce plays Malcolm Crowe, a psychologist type dude who just won an award for his work with the children. Unfortunately a naked guy is in his bathroom and shoots him. Turns out naked man was a former patient of his and lets face it, SOMEBODY dropped the ball on this kid he ends up in Bruce’s bathroom, waving a gun around, WITH NO CLOTHES ON. I have known a lot of motherfuckers who shot people or broke into their houses, some with no shirts on. This is pretty popular in fact for guys with big muscles or tattoos of any kind. Even a guy who has just a Tasmanian devil tattoo wants to show it off for some reason, I mean jesus christ these tattoo guys and their vanity. Anyway sometimes guys do it with no shirt on, and sometimes guys do it in their boxer shorts, when it’s on short notice and they didn’t have time to put pants on. You know, crimes of passion. But in another mans’ house WITH NO CLOTHES let me tell you that’s a whole different ballpark in my opinion.

A year later or something Bruce has a new patient who reminds him quite a fucking bit of the naked man when he was a kid. You start to figure out right away that Bruce is trying to redeem himself by solving this case. I have never been into the psychologist scene so I’m not sure but I bet he was embarrassed about the whole no clothes thing I mentioned. I mean people start snickering and you gotta do something, you gotta prove that you know how to help a kid.

The Sixth SenseSo that’s what he tries to do but there is something VERY fucking weird about this kid and I don’t want to give anything away but he sees ghosts. So the movie is about ghosts and Bruce starts to believe it and he has to teach the kid not to be afraid of the ghosts, since he is the only one to hear them maybe he can help them.

This is a very nicely done movie about the ghosts. There are some very creepy images, great acting and all the Writing and directing is very elegant and understated. This is not like your typical horror, there is no onscreen violence and it is very middle class and character driven. It is a very universal type of story about relationships between parents and their chilren, husbands and wives, children and their fears. Also the two main characters wear ties and speak clearly so it appeals to the mainstream and upper class. It is something that both horror fans and pussies can enjoy in my opinion.

The kid is very good although like Bruce he is not really allowed by the story to kick ass or anything. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes the ghosts although again I gotta stress this is not Die Hard in my opinion, it is about ghosts.

VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.

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5 Responses to “The Sixth Sense”

  1. Watched this last night, my second viewing since it first came out and was a big deal type movie because of The Twist. About ten minutes in I wanted to turn it off because I thought what’s the point, I know how it ends, I’d rather watch FACE/OFF again, but I couldn’t be fucked getting out of bed to change the disc. You know how it is after a long day at work sitting on your arse in front of a computer screen.

    But it’s safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked reading the scenes with the knowledge of the reveal. When the kid tells Bruce, I see dead people, he’s not just confiding his secret, he’s being real polite and subtle about telling Bruce that he’s a corpse. But duh, you all know that already. I can be a bit slow.

    I liked the segment where the kid figures out he has to help dead people and he goes to the little girls wake and reveals to the dad that the stepmom poisoned her. That was some heavy shit. Also, and this is very unlike me because I don’t cry, I’m a man dammit – I got fuckin sucked in to the emotional vortex of Bruce reaching out to his wife and all that shit.

    Overall it’s a very satisfying movie, even if ghosts aren’t real.

  2. I kind of want “Overall it’s a very satisfying movie, even if _______s aren’t real” to become a thing.

  3. Has anyone heard of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest THE VISIT?

    Hoo boy, it looks like he just might have THE HAPPENING beat for unintentional comedy, seriously, go watch that trailer, it’s hilarious.

    What’s a shame is it’s a waste of a pretty creepy premise, what if two kids visited their grandparents only to find that they’re dangerously senile? but it’s a found footage flick, which ruins it, the one thing you could depend on with Shyamalan in the past was his Spielberg esque visual style, but the found footage angle just makes it look flat, cheap and hokey as hell.

  4. Which part is unintentionally hilarious? The trailer I saw was full of black humor (especially at the end, when the grandma asks the granddaughter to get inside the oven). A rare instance of Shyamalan knowing how to tell a joke.

  5. Eh, I guess there is some black humor, but I’m pretty sure the old lady crawling around like she’s freakin’ Sadako from THE RING is supposed to be scary, even though it’s hilarious.

    Really though the found footage angle is what kills it for me, I could see the premise working as a black comedy-horror, but the found footage style just sucks all the atmosphere out of it (and why would those kids be filming so extensively a damn trip to their grandparents house?), why did Shyamalan feel the need to make it that way other than budget reasons? (or to simply piggyback on a hot trend).

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