[Movie Review] The Sixth Sense

Sixth Sense

Starring: Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Haley Joel Osment
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Genre: Thriller
Cert: 15
Released: 1999

Willis plays award winning child psychologist, Malcom Crowe. In the midst of celebrating his achievement with his adoring wife, Anna (Olivia Williams), he is confronted in his home by former patient, Vincent Grey (Donnie Wahlberg) who claims that Crowe failed to help him at all and actually ruined his life. Grey then commits suicide in front of them.

Struggling to cope with the guilt, and desperately seeking redemption for his mistake, Crowe undertakes to help another young patient, Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), who shows similar symptoms to Grey. Malcom finds though that standard psychology training can not prepare him for helping Cole, whose problem proves not to be of the world that Crowe knows, and he is forced to take a leap of faith in order to help not just Cole, but himself.

M Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller is nothing short of brilliant.  The horror elements of the story, of which the backbone of the movie is built on, are not elaborated on by using special effects or gore but rather by the power of dialogue, direction and suggestion – your mind does the work.


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