Monday, August 23, 2004

The Village

2004 USA
Directed and Written by: M. Night Shyamalan

I loved this film. Great acting, great writing, some stunning photography. The sense of creepyness and the opressive atmosphere is amazing (one of the reasons Andrea didn't like it).

There has been too much talk about the ending being predictable. You will get it before it becomes obvious, and any number of people who do get it will think they are smarter than Mr. Shyamalan. But they are missing the point. It does not makes any difference when or how you figure out the truth of the story, the film makes its point whether this is a shock or not. The truth would be a shock to the inhabitants of the village, that fact it succeeds in conveying very well.

This film is about innocence, and the relationship between innocence and fear. My personal take on it is that the film asks if innocences is a good thing, and whether the price of innocence is worth it.