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The Truth About "Signs"...A Review Of The Movie "Signs"

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The Truth about "Signs"Behind every motion picture there is usually another story, or a hidden theme, that the producer injects into the film. In the movie "Signs," there is an especially unique hidden theme dealing with coincidences. The main focus of the movie deals with crop circles myth versus reality. The theme is portrayed by the characters throughout the movie, but the obscured theme never actually is revealed until the last five minutes of the film."Signs" is a well-scripted film produced and written by M. Night Shyamalan. Shyamalan very creatively provides all of the family members with a certain trait or characteristic that plays a large role in the conclusion of the film. Mel Gibson plays Reverend Graham Hess, a man who questions his faith and leaves the church after his wife dies in a freak car accident. When a cut crop circle appears in the Hess's cornfield, Graham is not sure what to think; however, he does not wish to rule out any possibilities. Graham is obviously devastated by the recent death of his wife, but before she dies she tells him "to see." At this point in the movie her meaning is not truly understood. Later on, however, her message becomes very clear.Also in the film is Joaquin Phoenix, who plays Merrill Hess, the brother of Graham. Merrill feels that jokesters in the town are responsible for the corp circles. When more crop circles appear across the United States, Merrill states, "A bunch of nerds are doing it that never had girlfriends in their lives. They that make up little codes and secret societies for guys with no girlfriends can join." He forcefully states he does notBell, 2believe in extraterrestrials on Earth. Merrill has an interesting past of being a minor league baseball player. He holds five minor league records which include longest homerun, most homeruns in a season and most strikeouts in a season. His baseball past plays a major role in the later stages of the movie. Before Graham's wife died she told Merrill to "swing away."Other main characters are Graham's two children, son Morgan and daughter Bo, played by Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin. Morgan protects Bo throughout the movie. He is the typical "big brother" who looks out for his younger sister. Bo puts all of her belief into following and listening to Morgan. In the beginning of the film Morgan makes a pledge to Bo promising not to let anything happen to her. After some intense research Morgan comes to the belief that the crop circles are a sign of extraterrestrial life. A special attribute that plays a large role at the end of the movie is the fact that Morgan has an interesting inconvenience of asthma. This affects him throughout the movie in many situations. Bo has a phobia of dirty water; she will not drink water that has been sitting out or smells at all unusual. All through the movie it is clear that Bo will not drink water. Throughout the house there are full cups of water sitting that Bo acquired but did not drink. This, too, will play a...

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