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Signs (2002)

PG-13 106 minutes

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Written by M. Night Shyamalan

 · Mel Gibson
 · Joaquin Phoenix

Review by Zac

The signs! They're everywhere! No, not signs that aliens are coming, signs that it's another summer blockbuster! And indeed, M. Night Shyamalan's Signs is a true blockbuster.




Signs is a homely movie, that captures more than the main focus: weird crop-symbols appearing everywhere. It portrays the effects on a normal man when his life comes tumbling down on him, and how in the end, despite everything that goes on around him, he is there for those who need him.
A very well written movie by M. Night Shyamalan, who is most famed for his movie The 6th Sense. This movie does seem to lack a lot though. Although the characters are greatly developed, it takes nearly the whole movie to do so. Even though one could understand learning small thigns pertaining to each character later on int he movie, Signs waits until the 3rd 4th of the movie to tell us some seemingly important things about the main character.
Another sense this movie tends to lack throughout the entire film is human logic. For instance, Father Grahhm Hess (Gibson) encounters one of the 'bad-guys' (sorry, attempting to keep any spoilers out) locked in a pantry in someone's house. But as opposed to telling the police about it, he runs home and tries to forget what happened and what he saw... DUH!
Don't get me wrong, this certainly isn't the worst film I've ever seen, in fact, it's no where close, but it seems that when the script for this film was written, M. Night didn't put enough "human" into the movie.




It seems that the movies with the least special effects are always some of the greatest. Perhaps that's why all the scenes without FX are the greatest, and the scenes with them are.... well... blah. We get to see an "alien" in the film, but the effects are horrible and it just isn't believable enough to be scaring the heck out of everyone and causing global hysteria.
But you needn't worry, just about every scene is so realistic, you believe it is actually happeneing right in front of you. Mel Gibson is a wonderful actor and he does a great job portraying the emotional problems that his character goes through during the course of the film. Joaquin Phoenix does an putstanding job being the tough, witty, younger brother of Grahhm, and the children are wonderful actors, and seem to have great chemistry to the elder actors.



So follow the signs and go see Signs. This movie will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, scared stiff, eager to see what lurks around the corner.

437 Words Published: 5 August 2002

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