THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Written By: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Bruce Willis; Haley Joel Osment; Toni Collette
Released: August 1999
“I see dead people…walking around like regular people!”
The Sixth Sense tells the story of child pyschologist, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), who begins treating young 8 year old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) who Crowe believes is delusional. Dr. Crowe soon discovers that Cole`s attestations that he is able to “see dead people walking around like regular people” appears to be true. Amidst what appears to be the desolution of his marriage, Malcolm commits to aiding Cole in helping these lost souls acheive their final resolution.
What I Love About This Movie:
The best thing about this movie is the twist ending. There were a lot of really strong elements about this movie, and it was incredibly suspenseful, but the ending is what has made this movie legendary. Once you, the viewer, puts all of the pieces together and figures out what is going on — you are left in a perpetual state of disbelief (and trying to connect-the-dots upon subsequent viewings of the film). In the years since its release, the proverbial cat has been let out of the bag with regards to the film`s ultimate climax. An unfortunate double-edged bit of reverie for Writer and Director M. Night Shyamalan. The Sixth Sense made him a household name but it also pigeonholed the film-maker to require a twist ending in his subsequent films — all of which failed to measure up to his freshman offering. Another point to this movie that also has me including it as one of my favorites, is the amazing performance of Haley Joel Osment as the tormented young Cole. Haunted by his ability to see and communicate with the dead, Cole withdraws within himself and fears the world outside him and is heartbroken by how he his perceived by his mother who doesn`t understand his ability.