When The Sixth Sense was released 14-years ago, we had already seen some major film releases at the time; Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace, Austin Powers the Spy Who Shagged Me and The Blair Witch Project; no matter what your opinion is on these amazing films, it’s still an experience you will never forget! Many of them were crowd splitting; you either love them or hate them.
The Blair Witch Project and The Sixth Sense are both horrors, but are very different in nature. The Blair Witch Project is designed to pull you in then scare the living socks off of you at the end! But the Sixth Sense is a psychological thriller that talks to you on such an emotional, psychological way that some big poignant dramas can only imagine! The director, M. Night Shyamalan takes advantage of the horror genre to subvert our expectations, we anticipate to be scared, and whilst screaming we are also touched by the truly sad events that happens to the main characters. It is incredibly rare to watch a thriller that makes you think and feel. The film is intelligent, well-acted, well-written and well-directed with a genuinely unexpected surprise twist that gives it the 4-star rating it definitely deserves.
The premise is that Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a psychologist in Philadelphia and opens up with him receiving an award for outstanding work in the field of child psychology. Crowe and his wife go upstairs to celebrate when they are interrupted by an old patient who has broken into their home proving Dr. Crowe is not always successful. Vincent Gray (Donnie Wahlberg) is still scarred from his childhood events and blames Crowe, shoots him, then turns on himself. After fading to black the next title shows ‘Next Fall’ with Malcolm sitting on a bench awaiting a new patient, Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) who is showing similar symptoms of Vincent. Cole is a withdrawn boy with no friends and gets bullied at school. His mother is worried and seeks help; unfortunately no one can seem to help him, which is where Malcolm comes in. Dr. Crowe believes that helping Cole will make up for his catastrophic failure with Vincent. Almost instantly we can see that the focus is not about horror, but more about the relationship between these characters.
Bruce Willis is a prototypical Hollywood actor; he can do action as seen in his Die Hard movies, and he can also do serious acting and that trait is definitely portrayed in this movie. The premise is not something you hear about every day so each character needs a sense of believability, and Willis definitely pulls it off. However, compared to Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis is just an extra! Haley Joel Osment shows an excellent performance with great emotional intensity despite his young age. Of course, Willis does help and the chemistry between the two is both striking and powerful. Toni Collette is brilliant as Lynn Sear (Coles Mother) and her emotional breakdown is truly breath-taking. Olivia Williams is underused as Willis’ wife and...