The career of M. Night Shyamalan has been nothing if not tumultuous. He became a rising star in horror following the knock-out successes of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, quickly establishing himself as a new generation’s Alfred Hitchcock. Unfortunately, Shyamalan’s filmography began to turn from harrowing to extremely uneven before he descended into puerile cinematic trash.
Though he has since re-established his former reputation following hits with The Visit and Split, many saw Signs, Shyamalan’s 3rd film, as the beginning of his fall. Though not bad, by any means, it lacked the impact of his first 2 films; it didn’t help that it was followed by the clunkers The Village, The Lady in the Water, and The Happening.
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Our favorite Irish film critic Ryan Hollinger has given Signs a thorough retrospective. Not only does he assert the film isn’t as bad as many of us remember, he takes it a step further proclaiming it’s actually awesome (even with that laughable, water-related twisted ending). Give it a spin and let us know if it changes your perspective.
After Hollinger’s video, you can check out the trailer and synopsis for Signs, released in 2002 and starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, and Rory Culkin. Enjoy!
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Official Synopsis: Everything that farmer Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) assumed about the world is changed when he discovers a message – an intricate pattern of circles and lines – carved into his crops. As he investigates the unfolding mystery, what he finds will forever alter the lives of his brother (Joaquin Phoenix) and children (Rory Culkin), (Abigail Breslin). A unique story that explores the mysterious real-life phenomena of crop signs and the effects they have on one man and his family.
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