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Signs

A movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

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The Signs are there now are you whilling to listen to them?....

  • Feb 1, 2010
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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 to offer us help but we instead out of fear try and destroy them, but no matter how you twist it or how you play it out on screen we will never know enough about them to fully understand and comprehend there intentions if they did come to our little world. M. Night Shyamalan's "Sings" does not exploit them or make them an instant enemy but instead slowly but surely let's you see the film's character's and you come to the conclusion of there hostility and does that make this film different from any other invasion film? No. But what makes it different and unique is the fact that you never really see the space craft's, you never see much of the aliens except for some scattered glances. It is a trick Shyamalan uses to build the tension until it finally explodes in the climax. It's not a slick exploitation or a cheap CGI fare with wall to wall action and violence, but what "Signs" is an old school paranoiac Science Fiction thriller that boggles the mind and will leave you breathless.




"Sings" is not like allot of Science Fiction films these days as most today try and build upon non-stop action sequences, flimsy plot's and scripts and horrible acting and dialogue. But while some of them are good intentioned they don't impress or wow modern audience, modern audiences want Science fiction that can please, wow and while doing that capture your imagination. M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs" does just that it pleases you, wows you and captures your imagination and your heart as an added bonus, Shyamalan does not just make movies that thrill you and give you the chills he also puts deep rooted emotion and very memorable characters in all his films, but is that the main reason for "Signs" success? Or is it because this film has such a draw and naturally and creepy appeal to it? The answer to both questions is yes. But that is my answer to how I felt about "Signs" the answer to the questions I offered or any question you may come up with are for you and you alone to answer. The truths about aliens is a very mysterious and elusive question that we may never get an answer to, but "Signs" attempts to give us a few answers to our questions now the real question is what do you believe?




Mel Gibson turns in a great emotional performance as the head of the Hess family, Graham Hess what makes Gibson so perfect for this role is that he has the right attitude and style to play a character like this. Gibson doesn't hold back on the audience he lets it all out, he cries, he acts corny, he acts serious, he acts scared etc. If you can name it Gibson puts it out there on the screen for you to see. But Gibson isn't the only player that gives you one amazing show a young Abigail Breslin is a huge contender for Gibson, Breslin shows even at such a young age that she had tremendous talent and skill and puts on a great show making her one of the heavy hitters in this isolated Sci-Fi masterpiece. While Joaquin Phoenix and Rory Culkin are good and try hard but come out a little flat and bland but they can be easily overlooked by the interplay between all the other cast members which helps turn it from average to great.



M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs" may not impress many and it may leave others feeling like they've been robbed of the huge and explosive Sci-Fi thriller they came for and if you think that then you have truly missed the point. This film is not simply a Sci-Fi thriller it is also an emotionally wrenching drama a look at family in the midst of loss and how they come together to fight a mysterious force from another world. "Signs" is a feverish paranoiac thriller ride that doesn't seem to let up from the ominous opening to the heartfelt and startling finale, it delivers on the fears of all families and people across the world with it's tale of doom in small town America.

The Signs are there now are you whilling to listen to them?....

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November 18, 2010
It has been to long since I have seen this, great review.
 
February 12, 2010
Nice write up. Personally I hope "Night" turns his talents around since this guy went from being super director to a one note guy and Signs is the last movie of his I liked. I hated The Village and hearing less then steller things about Lady in the Water I tuned out.
 
February 12, 2010
Nice review. I fall on the other side of the fence in that I did not enjoy signs at all. In my opinion, the best thing that came from this movie was the parody events in Scary Movie 3 (or was it 4?)!
February 12, 2010
Thank you and the main reason I liked this film was the fact that I'm completely in love with Science Fiction, well god Science Fiction anyways. And this was one of the better ones. And the parody of Signs was in Scary Movie 3.
February 12, 2010
I do agree with the comment below by woopak that this was a nice alternative to the whole alien premise. I noticed you reviewed several of Shymalan's movies recently. Have you seen the trailer for The Last Airbender yet? It's directed by Shymalan, and looks pretty good. I'll be interested to see something he directs that he did not also write.
 
February 11, 2010
Despite its flaws, I did appreciate this film. One thing with Shymalan, he does try to come up with an original effort with an overused premise (this case alien invasion) and I liked the family drama and humor that went in this film. nice work.
February 11, 2010
Thank you very much. And I agree as well that it may be flawed but it's still worthy of being called great.
 
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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
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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" …
review by . January 09, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
M. Night Shyamalan has great ideas and an interesting mind for stories that push the edge as he so well demonstrated in 'The Sixth Sense'. Unfortunately in this very very slow movie his story gets overshadowed with the very usual and trite "creatures from outer space" look. One keeps wondering why these fears of extraterrestrial invasion are treated like all the other Hollywood horror movies with very similar storylines - that though these visitors are of superior intelligence they seem totally …
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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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