Before, I knew the film only by its reputation as the film with the line ‘I SEE DEAD PEOPLE!’.
I was amazed how good the movie was. Usually I’m not so keen on some 90s movies because they just don’t live up to promise. But this movie lived up to my expectations and more. Haley Joel Osmond played the role of Cole Sear, the troubled little boy who is badly bullied and can see ghosts.
Despite this movie being over 15 years old, there are plenty of ‘jump scares’ to whet the palate. And with the twist at the end that Malcolm was dead all along, even if I had known that beforehand, it was still put across in a fantastic way. When Cole admits to his mother his ‘secret’ – that, indeed, he can see dead people, it was put across movingly.
Bruce Willis is in practically every film. Here, he was like a guardian angel for Cole, and when he had to say goodbye to his wife, Anna, it was like the icing on the cake. And the side-story about the stepmother deliberately making her ill stepdaughter sick was an eerie twist.
M. Night Shyamalan is the director of this movie (as mentioned above) and has done the film, After Earth, recently. He has been criticized for his constant twist endings in his work. That being said, I suppose The Sixth Sense is the exception.
MY RATING: 5 / 5.