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Sixth Sense (1999)

Sixth Sense (1999)


Bruce Willis
Haley Joel Osment
Toni Collette

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Sixth Sense is a well written movie that hits you from every end, here is a movie that tests your wits, you find yourself struggling to understand the character’s predicament, and trying to see why things seem out of place, then you get to the ending of the film and M. Night Shyamalan trait of surprise ending hits you flat in the face and you go… “OH! That’s why”

Sixth Sense is a movie that is so great, but sadly it is not a movie for retakes, since the entire suspense is revealed in the end, the actors in the movie also performed well, especially Joel Osment and there is Bruce Willis, showing off his prowess as one of the great actors of our time. To me Sixth Sense is the best movie I have seen him in, although the Die Hard series are exceptional, this movie just stands out in your mind and heart.

Sixth Sense is a psychological horror film about the perils of a young boy, Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). Cole lives an isolated life, finding it difficult to mix with others; he sometimes sustains injuries on his body, which he gets when attacked, by the people he sees and talks to, people whom others cannot see. Cole sees and talks to dead people.

A child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) with troubles of his own comes on board to try and help Cole deal with his problem, all to find revelations about his life that he was not expecting.

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the movie script was first purchased by Disney before it was sold to Spyglass; Disney’s president believed the movie was not going to be a hit. The movie production budget was 40 million, and it was a financial success making over 600 million in the box office and the movie’s tag line, “I see dead people” is a popular catchphrase, used by many other movies, TV and songs.

Sadly though this classic was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture but won none, this doesn’t take anything from this movie as it remains a classic in every way.

This movie is a masterpiece introducing Shyamalan as a great writer and director, this and Signs (2002) (with Mel Gibson) stand out as my favourite of his films. There is no need to spare any cash, just dash to the DVD store and get a copy of this masterpiece if you have not gotten the privilege of seeing it yet.


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