The Sixth Sense

Dir: M. Night Shyamalan
Star: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

They say you need to see this twice to fully appreciate it, because of the twist ending. Actually, I needed to see it twice because my first attempt foundered in sleep during the rather unpromising first hour, with characters reading plaques aloud to each other in lieu of character development. Once child psychologist Willis gets child psychic Osment to open up, however, things improve hugely, driven largely by Osment's remarkably mature performance -- hard to see why the Oscars felt he was merely a 'supporting actor'. Can't help wondering if Willis was miffed to be out-acted by an 11-year old, although he still deserves credit for a nicely restrained performance, especially by previous standards. While I knew the twist beforehand, it didn't make much difference; indeed, it probably just saves the aforementioned double-viewing. Not that I'd mind: while I found neither concept nor execution that scary (there's one cheap but effective fright), as a multi-faceted drama it works very nicely.


Haley Joel Osmont looks concerned
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