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Signs

A movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

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GREAT ACTING AND ATMOSPHERE! LOUSY ENDING!!

  • Jan 27, 2003
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I'll skip plot summaries, since I think most people know this is about an alien invasion. The plot in and of itself is nothing special...it's the way the story is told that makes it fun.

Director Shymalan really shows us the effectiveness of the "less is more" idea. Throughout most of the movie, he doesn an incredible job of building up a sense of dread. We spend much of the movie on the edge of our seats, waiting for something horrible to happen. There are many wonderful moments when we can almost feel the dread the family is going through. We sense the tension in the family, as well as the love, and of course, the fear of dying. Near the end, when they are down in their cellar, all the lights go out. That's a terrifying moment, not because the lights went out, but because of all the tension leading up to it, and the worst thing that could happen if FOR THE LIGHTS TO GO OUT, because we've just GOT to see what's happening!!!

Joacquin Phoenix is very good in the movie, playing a more ordinary guy than he's been asked to in a long time. Mel Gibson, although retaining some of his usual mannerisms, is effecitve and touching. The kids are great. The editing and cinematography are first rate, and Shymalan the DIRECTOR does everything right.

Shymalan the writer lets us down BIG TIME. I'm sorry, but the ending is very disappointing. We've had a terrific build up through 95% of the movie, but the final couple of scenes are just a huge letdown. Never have I said "THAT'S IT????" with more disappointment and fervor. I highly recommend the movie, and think most will enjoy it, but just be prepared for a payoff that doesn't rival THE SIXTH SENSE's or even UNBREAKABLE's. But it is still creepier than any movie in a long time.

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review by . February 01, 2010
The Signs are there now are you whilling to listen to them?....
For over 1,000 years stories of beings from another world have been told to countless generations through writing and art. But the real question is it true? Or is it all an elaborate hoax, a fairytale to put us to sleep at night or give us something to watch? Whether they are real or not has always been in question and truthfully we may never know the answer to our constant questions. But after almost 60 years of films that exploit and tell of alien invasion or aliens visiting our world and trying …
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
Very nicely put together. Neat foreshadowing, fun insanity easing the tension, some pretty good scares, and a thought-provoking conclusion.
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
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Effective at surprising the audience and setting up it's premise. It's too bad that the payoff involves some real lapses in logic. Do not watch in the dark OR with a good sound system. Do one or the other.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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this is a really good movie with some jumpy scary parts
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
Brilliant, funny, poignant, scary and thought-provoking. Take a quick look---and watch it all the way through...by yourself, in the dark!
review by . November 13, 2008
Signs
There are certain movies that are creepy beyond belief, but Signs still falls into my "bedtime movie" category from the overall feeling of comfort it somehow gives me, in spite of the shivers it produces. To me, I found it an excellent presentation of Ying and Yang, the balance of life, that for everything there is a purpose; even the most horrid of life's tragedies could be a sign of better things to come.     This is a beautiful story of family love and everyday life interrupted …
review by . December 17, 2008
M.Night Shyamalan seems to be making quite a name for himself in the Hollywood sphere and is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest directors in history.  "Signs" is a story about a fractured family's reponse to a bunch of mysterious crop circles that begin to enclose their small farm-house in a remote village on the outskirts of Philadelphia. The film progresses as crop circles begin to appear all across the world, spreading mass panic amongst the populations and indicating an extra-terrestrial …
review by . January 12, 2005
M. Night Shyamalan (originally: Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan) can now be held responsible for creating one of the best movies I have ever seen.     I loved every instant, of every second, of every minute of both hours of Sign's. Once I saw Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall's "John Handcock" in the opening credits I knew it was going to be special. (They also executive produced "The Sixth Sense" for Shyamalan) Not only was Sign's backed by these Spielbergian's, it was brought …
review by . April 25, 2004
M. Night Shyamalan has been hailed as the next Spielberg with such writing/directing/producing credits as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs & his new venture, The Village, and rightly so, in my humble opinion. This film is generally unlike The Sixth Sense & Unbreakable. That is precisely why Signs received mixed reviews from critics at the box office. Mel Gibson stars as the newly widowed ex-reverend/father Graham Ness. Along with his younger, ex-baseball hero brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix) …
review by . March 05, 2004
I have to agree with a fellow reviewer that the so-called professional reviewer is wrong in calling this a "B" movie. "Signs" plays more with your mind and, to an extent, your faith better than most of the schlock that is put out these days. This film is very intelligent and very, very creepy. It probes your mind both spiritually(with Gibson's character) and mentally(with the use of the alien invasion). One of the creepiest moments in this film is when the television report reveals a "surprise" …
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It's contaminated. That's what pint-sized Bo (Abigail Breslin) says about every glass of water that she tries to drink, then rejects. This is just one in a long list of strange occurrences that are changing the lives of the Hess family. Things go awry when Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), awake early one morning to find the dogs barking and the children--Bo, and her brother Morgan (Rory Culkin)--wandering bleary eyed in the corn fields. They discover a pattern of perfectly carved crop circles left the night before. Trying not to overreact, Graham ignores the media frenzy that has permeated all television and radio stations, and even shrugs off the oddly familiar information that Morgan reads in his book about extraterrestrials invading earth. The real challenge for Graham is to find the faith he needs to pull himself, and his family, through this unexplainable series of events. SIGNS is the long-anticipated film from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE,...
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Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: 2002, August 2, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 46min
Studio: Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
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