Signs
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Signs 2002

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come...

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When this first came out I didn't like the movie. This is my second time watching it and I really did enjoy it this time around.
@Oblite_oath...and i believe the human body is 75% water.
@pumpkinheadt; totally agree. I love Shymalan's ability to combine sci-fi thriller and sentimental drama. This is one of those films I can watch every year and it is just as good. Mel GIbson accompanied by Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin (as an itty-bitty thing here) are the perfect combo for this film.
Awesome movie 10/10. This is my favorite of all the M. Night Shyamalan movies. A must-see for UFO buffs.
Well, the first time I tried to see this movie, I only saw the first half. (Never go see a blockbuster on opening weekend.)

The second time around was MUCH better. I already had high expectations going in, since I'm totally infatuated with M. Night Shyamalan. I'm so glad that I was not let down! I was a bit worried because I don't care for Mel Gibson - he's a GREAT actor, but I can't stand to look at him. He's got Caveman-syndome (think Sylvester Stallone.) And I was greatly surprised by the performance by Joaquin Phoenix ~ he's going to be a huuuuuge star, I'm sure of it.

Overall, I highly highly recommend this movie. It was just the right amount of creepy, and just the right amount of profound subplot. The only thing I disliked about this movie was Cherry Jones. She completely overacted her whole part and every time she came onscreen I wanted to puke. Still, though, GREAT movie. I don't care what anyone else says, it rocked!
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Clearly not the best alien film of all time but definatley one worth recognizing. This film is amazing and the acting is great. Gibson and Phoenix are probably two of the best physical / emotional actors out there. The kids also give great performances. This film does and beautiful job of blending new visual effects with old style thrills such as only letting us hear the action or see only so much of the aliens for so long. This film does make you feel like you are one of the family members especially when running from the aliens or hiding from them. Shyamalan also acts in this film adding a little more to the role then possibly most actors could. This film is amazing and if you are any sort of alien film fan then you should watch this.
What a cool movie, I love Ufo's:cool:


M. Night Shyamalan, the director of such overrated thrillers as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, produces his finest work with this film about mysterious crop signals that crop up (pun intended) in the middle of a farmer's field of corn. Like Hitchcock (who he is still miles behind), Shyamalan seems to enjoy taking a simple premise and exploring its psychological implications, while simultaneously milking that premise for all of its innate dread. Although this film seems to be about crop signals and the possibility of an imminent alien landing, it is really an exercise in cinema style and a perfect example of how the cinema can manipulate us and prey on our most basic fears. Few films have ever used sound (or more specifically, silence) better as a tool for scaring us. Signs has the same effect on the viewer as standing inside a dark room, not knowing what is on the other side of the door. In fact, there is a scene in the film that explores that very situation. As Roger Ebert eloquently put it, the movie is all about building suspense without paying it off. Unfortunately, Shyamalan still doesn't know how to end a movie without giving in to either implausibilities or pretensions of high art. This problem plagued his previous two efforts, and it also undermines Signs. While a masterful thriller with tremendous character depth and buried themes for most of the film, Signs approaches the status of religious allegory at the end of the movie...and its resolution also hinges on an implausibility of epic proportions. If Shyamalan learns to simply trust his talent and plunge headlong into a film that will utilize it, he can eventually become a filmmaker on par with Hitchcock and Spielberg (two directors he is often compared with). He still has a long way to go...but on the way to overcoming his flaws, I hope he gives us a few more entertaining films like Signs.

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SIGNS (2002)

THE GOOD:

--This film scared me on a deep level, to the point of it probably being one of the scariest films I've ever seen. The 'boo' frights were terrific and many of them made me jump out of my skin. The scares work best when they are psychological and silent, or all in your head. Just imagine what this family goes through, particularly in the brilliant finale. M Night Shyamalan puts you right in their shoes and doesn't let up with the terror until the very last frame.

--Is "Signs" a horror movie? Yes. Is it a sci-fi movie? Yes. But when it all comes down to it, what is this movie genre-wise? This movie, to me at least, was all about the tale of this family, and the strife they're going through after losing someone close to them. The father is a priest who has lost all faith and the kids prefer their father's brother. "Signs" is about aliens, but it's about how the alien attack affects the family and makes them bring out the love and trust they all must have in each other to survive such a horrifying ordeal. This was shown amazingly in the wonderful and tragic final dinner scene.

--Mel Gibson gives one of his finest performances to date. He is a tour-de-force as Graham Hess; he sold me completely in his role. The inner turmoil the character was experiencing was so brilliantly portrayed by Gibson, during quiet, lonely moments or through big, dramatic scenes such as the aforementioned final dinner scene. Joaquin Phoenix was very strong and always believable in his supporting performance as Graham's brother Merrill. The adorable Abigail Breslin and another one of the Culkin clan, Rory Culkin, are terrific rising stars with a lot of talent at such young ages.

--M Night Shyamalan continues his run of terrific writing/directing efforts, he brings across the suspense of the situations in the film seamlessly, and injects a lot of emotion into the film. The strange and subtle camera movements and angles were also much appreciated.

THE BAD:

--I must warn that this section of my review has nothing more, nothing less than THE BIGGEST SPOILERS FOR "SIGNS". DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WISHED TO BE SPOILED! Like many others, I found the way the extra-terrestrials were defeated at the end of the film a little ludicrous and too convenient. This has all been said before - but why the goddamn hell would the aliens invade a planet that is 75% water and they're allergic to the stuff? END SPOILERS!

RATING:

9/10 - Another moving film experience from the one and only M Night Shyamalan, also his most terrifying motion picture to date.

IF YOU LIKED THIS MOVIE I RECOMMEND:

Poltergeist (8/10)
The Ring (8/10)
Scary Movie 3 (3/10)
The Sixth Sense (9/10)
Unbreakable (9/10)