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Hollywood Limelight: The Sixth Sense

Post by: Snehith Kumbla

Manoj Night Shyamalan’s first movie is still the one that he still is remembered for. Comparisons to Steven Speilberg did the rounds for a bit and faded away, but the sheen of the movie  still stays.

 

As was to follow with the later films Shyamalan made, The Sixth Sense (2000) deals with the supernatural. Cole, a young boy, played hauntingly by Haley Joel Osment is not like other kids of his age. He sees and talks to the dead and with no one but his busy single mother around, Cole is aloof and alone. Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist, played astutely by Bruce Willis comes to his aid. Crowe has his own ghosts to vanquish; a former patient of his had recently committed suicide at Crowe’s apartment.

 

How together Cole and Crowe tread this eerie, spooling path to the other side makes up the rest of the arresting parts of the movie. Then there is what has become a common feature in every Shyamalan film – the twist in the end. What makes The Sixth Sense a masterpiece is the conviction with which the twist is pulled off, the treatment here is razor sharp.   

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