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The Village (2004)

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, more...
Director: M. Night Shyamalan, M. Night Shyamalan
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Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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M. Night Shyamalan, the creative mind behind The Sixth Sense and Signs, wrote and directed this characteristically atmospheric thriller. The rustic village of Covington is a small town in rural Pennsylvania that is home to 60 souls. The citizens of Covington lead a quiet and peaceful life, but not without an unusual caveat -- terrible creatures lurk just outside the borders of the village, and the people of Covington have reached an agreement of sorts with the beasts, in which they are allowed to go about their business as long as they never cross the village's boundaries. However, this precarious balance is upset when a headstrong young man, Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), decides to find out what lies outside Covington, and unwittingly invites the wrath of the creatures upon the town. The Village also stars Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Adrien Brody, Judy Greer, and Bryce Dallas Howard; both Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher were at one time attached to the project, but both left the cast before filming began. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Decent movie, wrong genre by apratt September 20, 2005 - 10:22 PM PDT
1 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This is really more of a suspense movie than horror. The ending was an awesome surprise. The other few lesser surprises earlier in the movie were good too, especially what happens when one of the monsters chases the blind girl when she's alone in the woods. However, it is a bit boring in the beginning.

Twilight Zoning-Out by talltale January 2, 2005 - 2:32 PM PST
12 out of 22 members found this review helpful
Go ahead and slap me silly if you must, but, really: I find the films of M. Night Shyamalan to be just about the bottom of the barrel, with THE VILLAGE a tad lower than the rest ("Signs," "Unbreakable" and the dearly beloved "Sixth Sense"). Is there another director more pretentious and tiresome? What this guy keeps giving us are "Twilight Zone" episodes tricked out with Technicolor and big-name casts and then attenuated to three or four times their proper length in order to delay and delay before reaching that tired "twist" ending. Every line of dialog, every visual moment, is dragged out to unbelievable duration until I want to run screaming from the room begging, "Please, please--speed it up!" Since M. is credited as writer, producer and director on this latest fiasco, blame is all too easy to place. I realize he desperately wants to come up with his "surprise" ending, but, golly, couldn't he instill a little believability along the way--instead of sending a blind girl out into supposedly uncharted territory? Oy. Marketing this drivel as a "scary" movie is simply UNCONSCIONABLE. (Hey, that might be a good title for Night's next opus.)

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