02 July 2013

Day 2: Least Favourite Film

Day 2 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: Least Favourite Film.

There are many films that I don't particularly care for but one that stands out is M. Night Shyamalan's The Village (2004). Why this one? Because unlike the cookie cutter Hollywood fluff that one expects to be bad, this film should have been good. It has an interesting premise, a strong cast, and a creepy looking setting—all the makings for a really good horror film. But then someone thought he'd be clever and give the story a twist and the film goes roaring down the road of ridiculousness and never stops. The result is a break in viewers' suspension of disbelief, something that helps when watching horror, and a realization that The Sixth Sense was a fluke and M. Night Shyamalan doesn't really know how to tell a story. I'm not the only one who was displeased with the film. The wonderful Roger Ebert wrote about its secret: "To call it an anticlimax would be an insult not only to climaxes but to prefixes." You said it, Roger.

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