Review of The Sixth Sense
The sixth sense tell the story of a troubled young boy named Cole Sear
(Haley Joel Osment) and child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce
Willis), and their own personal struggles in life. Malcolm is a deeply
respected child psychologist, who once had a patient appearing to have
many of the same mental struggles as Cole. Malcolm failed to help his
last patient and therefore is deeply committed to helping Cole.
At first the film starts out as a classic film of the horror genre,
with the victim being attacked by violent, unseen ghosts, providing
many "hide behind the sofa" moments! As the film progresses the
audience is treated to images of the ghosts that torment Cole, and
many of the images are particularly gruesome as many of the ghosts
that seek Cole's help have died in violent attacks or accidents,
making these the "peering through your fingers" scenes. However when
the film has its chance to turn into a fantastic feast of gory looking
ghosts it changes tact and becomes a story of one boy's battle to come
to terms with his unusual and extraordinary gift. As Cole realises he
has to be willing to open his heart to those that seek his help, he
fights to overcome his fear and aid the troubled spirits to achieve
When watching the extra's on the DVD it explains that there is always
a link between scenes of high emotion in the form of something red,
for example the red balloon at the beginning or the red tent further
through the film. This also gives clues to the dramatic change of plot
at the end of the film. The "twist" that is present in this film does
not fall into the typical category of "we all know what's going to
happen now," as so many of today's films do.
The "twist" in this story is so well hidden no one could have
predicted that, in actual fact, Malcolm, the very person trying to
help Cole and at first doubting his ghosts, is in fact dead himself!
However once the ending has been seen and the film is viewed second
time round, clues can be detected to show that it is hinted at all the
way through, such as when his wife is in the restaurant and the table
is only set for one. The film then goes into flashback mode as he
realises that when he was shot at the beginning he died.
It must be highly difficult for a writer and producer to create
something truly individual when there is already so much material
The sixth sense was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and was
nominated for many Oscar awards, including best director, and best
original screenplay. The most important of these nominations is, to
me, the best original screenplay nomination, as I intend to...