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A twist too far

Posted Aug 05, 2004 in Movies.

I saw M. Night Shyamalan's The Village yesterday. I was deeply impressed with his earlier movies, particularly Signs, but this new film did not seem to be up to his usual standard.

The movie suffers from long periods of inaction, intrusive music, and trite dialogue. Shyamalan's need to produce plot twists appears to have handicapped him now, and some of the twists in this movie just don't seem to work. I won't spoil it for anyone by saying what happens, but I will warn you that you might be disappointed.

On a positive note, the film is beautifully photographed, and there were some good acting turns. Sigourney Weaver, Judy Greer, and Joaquin Phoenix provide top-notch, understated performances. The real star of the movie, however, is Bryce Dallas Howard, who captivates as the blind central character. Adrien Brody annoyed me, and William Hurt was his usual dull self. Not recommended, I'm afraid.

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