The Sixth Sense,1999,USA
Director: M Night Shyamalan
Stars:Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
I've never seen The Sixth Sense as a Horror film,But more of a drama with the elements of a thriller,The film in my view is more touching than "Scary" and i would even go as far as to call it a "Tear jerker".M Night Shymalan has lost much of his credit in recent years,thanks to panned films like "Lady In The Water","The Happening" and "The Last Airbender",but in 1999 after The Sixth Sense,Night was a genius,The film was a world wide phenomenon becoming one of the Highest grossing films of all time and garnerd critical acclaim with six Academy Award Nominations including one for Best Picture.Recognized for its film changing twist,the film was able to stick with audiences long after viewing.12 years after its release the twist has been so installed in pop culture,as is its famous line "I See Dead People", that its hard to watch the film for the first time not knowing,I personally dont think this takes away from the film's emotional punch.
Say what you will about Shymalan's style of film making,Here his style is perfect for this kind of film.An erie an uncertain atmosphere looms during the entire film as the audience fears for the safety and state of mind of young Cole(Osment).The performances are great, Bruce Willis gives probably the best dramatic performance of his career as Malcolm Crowe,A disheartened child psychologists who looks to do all he can to help young Cole to make up for the missed opportunity he had with an earlier patent named Vincent Grey(Donnie Wahlberg).Haley Joel Osment is one of the films greatest assets as the young boy with a terrifying secret.Toni Collette is also amazing as always as the caring,desperate and fearful mother,Her final scene with Osment is the most touching of the film.Donnie Wahlberg is very edgy and intense in his brief role.
While being a great drama film,The Sixth Sense features some very intense and thrilling scenes featuring Cole's traumatic visions of ghosts,which include a suicidal mother and A young boy who knows where his fathers Gun is,But in my opinion the film never becomes a "Horror" film,i know most people see it as one but i just cant.
The Sixth Sense is a classic Drama/thriller.Featuring strong performances along with good Direction from Shymalan and a classic twist.