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Why It Could've Been Awesome: Okay, if you're similar to me, you probably thought The Village wasn't too bad until you got to the end.  Until that point, I was actually quite
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“Bryce Dallas Howard aside, this movie is a BORE. Going in hoping for some of the same suspenseful shocks like Signs had I could see the ending coming a mile away. Thats always a
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“Shyamalan's most embarassing offering to date. Did anyone bother to read the script before they decided to make this flick?”
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“SPOILER: The third M. Night Shyalaman movie on this list. When I saw the commercial for this movie, I thought I was watching a horror movie of some sort. It did scare me a bit but
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Even when his trademark twist-ending formula wears worrisomely thin as it does inThe Village, M. Night Shyamalan is a true showman who knows how to serve up a spookfest. He's derailed this time by a howler of a "surprise" lifted almost directly from "A Hundred Yards Over the Rim," an episode ofThe Twilight Zonestarring Cliff Robertson that originally aired in 1961. Even if you're unfamiliar with that Rod Serling scenario, you'll have a good chance of guessing the surprise, which ranks well belowThe Sixth SenseandSignson Shyamalan's shock-o-meter. That leaves you to appreciate Shyamalan's proven strengths, including a sharp eye for fear-laden compositions, a general sense of unease, delicate handling of fine actors (alas, most of them wasted here, save for Bryce Dallas Howard in a promising debut), and the cautious concealment of his ruse, which in this case involves a 19th-century village that maintains an anxious truce with dreadful creatures that live in the forbidden woods nearby. Will any of this take anyone by genuine surprise? That seems unlikely, since Emperor Shyamalan has clearly lost his clothes inThe Village, but it's nice to have him around to scare us, even if he doesn't always succeed.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: M. Night Shyamalan
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
Runtime: 108 minutes
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
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