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The Village

The Diva's review of
The Village (2004)

The  Village
Rated PG-13; running time of 108 minutes
Genre: Thriller
Written by: M. Night Shyamalan
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Brendan Gleeson, Judy Greer


The Digest

In 1897, the small town of Covington is a bustling hamlet that borders mysterious forest. There are dangerous creatures that live in that forest and the residents have an agreement with them – you don’t come into our woods and we won’t come into your town. This is agreeable, but it has cut the people of Covington off from the rest of the world. This poses a problem when a young boy dies at the age of 7 of an unknown illness. His death has spurred Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix) to request that the town elders allow him to venture into the woods and goes to the other towns to get medicine. Lucius is a man of few words but lots of action and he is convinced that Those Who They Do Not Speak Of (the creatures) will not harm him because they know that he means them no ill will. He bases this on the fact that he has noticed that Noah Percy (Adrien Brody) has entered the woods on several occasions and has come out of them unscathed. He posits that the creatures recognize that Noah is addled brained and therefore harmless. His beloved Fiancée, Ivy (Bryce Dallas Howard), the blind daughter of the town’s leader, supports him. She knows if anyone can make it through the woods alive it’s him.

But before he can venture into the woods, tragedy befalls him. And it is up to the brave Ivy to get past the creatures and into the other town for the medicines that will save her love’s life

The Dish

This movie was so bad, it hurt my feelings. Seriously. About half way through the movie I pantomimed a suicide via slashed wrists. I want my 2 hours back plus interest. I want 4 hours back. I don’t know where to begin. Let me say this, I think what M. Night Shyamalan was trying to do was pay homage to the great Rod Serling. And if so, it was a really bad episode of “The Twilight Zone”.

This movie failed in just about everything. The special effects weren’t special – nor were they really effects. It wasn’t suspenseful or scary. Hell after 40 minutes it ceased to be even remotely interesting. The whole situation is rather tragic. I think the reason I am being so hard on this movie is that I expected so much more from M. Night Shyamalan. I loved both ‘The Sixth Sense” and “Signs” True enough, I didn’t like “Unbreakable”, but even that was preferable to what I witnessed on screen in the form of “The Village”.

They told us that the reason we couldn’t watch it until the day before release was so we wouldn’t ruin the twist and the surprise ending. What twist? I mean there was a twist, but it was so ridiculous he could have kept it out of the movie. Surprise ending? The surprise is that I didn’t launch myself at the projection room and rip the film off the projector. No the reason they didn’t want us to see it early was because they know they have a turkey on their hands and the studio didn’t want to give us any lead time so they can make as much money as possible before bad word of mouth gets out. Some of my audience actually booed!

There is only one reason to see this flick. Bryce Howard. She was amazing. I kept looking at her with that red hair and those blue eyes and she just looked familiar you to me. Well turns out she’s Ron Howard’s oldest child and she is proudly carrying the Howard family acting torch.

The Directive

I can’t recommend viewing this movie in any form other than for free on television. Movies are far too expensive to waste your hard earned money on this mess.


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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2004
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