THE VILLAGE (Theatrical Release USA 2004)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì

The Village—good concept, fair to good script—is a failure for M. Night Shyamalan. It fails at the filming level so that it moves from a good horror film to a low grade drama/thriller. It would have been better to have turned the direction of this particular script over to a second party to interpret and portray while leaving Shymalan in the producing end of the film. On the brighter side, there’s no fault found in the casting. The film features Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrian Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, and Brendan Gleeson.

Storyline

A village fashioned on late 19th century living standards remains ignorant of the century they live in.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director M. Night Shyamalan for his directing efforts. Thank you to ProducerSam Mercer, Scott Rudin, and M. Night Shyamalan for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard), Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), Noah Percy (Adrien Brody), Edward Walker (William Hurt), Alice Hunt (Sigourney Weaver), August Nicholson (Brendan Gleeson), Mrs. Clack (Cherry Jones), and Vivian Percy (Celia Weston).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No. It’s a waste of time and money. There are much better thrillers out there like Hide and Seek or Grand Piano.

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