The Sixth Sense
- M. Night Shyamalan
- Reviewed by
- Gon Curiel a.k.a. Groucho
- Review date
- Friday, December 01, 2000
The expectation to see it was huge, but fortunately, it didn’t disappoint me at all. As a matter of fact, it became one of my favorites from 1999. I didn’t consider it the best, or even one of the five best, but I certainly considered it one of my favorites. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It scared me to death, and had me thrilled from the beginning to the end. As you may have guessed, I loved the plot twist, and believed it by heart. I needed to see it a second time, which I did. The experience was definitely different. The movie had changed, but was as interesting and thrilling. The movie was a success.
No spoilers ahead!
Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is recognized and awarded by the people of Philadelphia, right before he encounters a former patient who became a freak after years of suffering due to Dr. Crowe’s incapacity to cure him when he was a child. The experience changes his life. Soon, he takes a new patient, young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), who’s got the same symptoms of the lost patient. This kid is a new chance for Dr. Crowe to redeem his mistake.
While he passes through a difficult moment of his personal and professional life, Dr. Crowe deals with the weirdest case he has ever treated. Unable but forced to deal with the truth, he must understand himself and what’s happening to him before he tries to help anyone else. And that’s the whole point of the film.
Osment’s performance is probably the best by a kid ever. He’s continuously terrified, no matter if he’s mildly happy, joyous or sad. Toni Collette, as his mother, is a wonderful match. Willis is calm and silent but good too.
The ending is a whoa. A fine horror classic from the end of the century with scares of the purest, simplest kind.
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