The Village

The Village

DVD - 2005
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An isolated, tight-knit Pennsylvania community lives in mortal fear of an oppressive evil inhabiting the forbidden forest just beyond their tiny village, until one villager dares to face the unknown.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Touchstone Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2005]
ISBN: 9780788856174
0788856170
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 108 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. --

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therhiannamater
Oct 24, 2017

I've said it before and I'll say it again: this is an incredible movie. A lot, almost every reviewer it seems, takes issue with the fact that most of Shyamalan's movies feature that signature "twist" and they felt cheated by the ending. (I'm doing this review spoiler free, just FYI.) That was not the case at all for me. It's a testament to people's desperate need for a simpler life. The emotional journey for the characters is so palpable that I actually have goosebumps thinking about it. And hey, if nothing else, the soundtrack conducted by James Newton Howard is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.

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readyrisa
Sep 20, 2017

It starts out slow...and I gave it a chance.. and it does get interesting....BUT a bit of a disappointment and would have expected something better and scarier from this renown director.... will not bother to watch again.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 28, 2015

There doesn't appear to be much middle ground on this film. It's unbelievable now, but there was a time when writer/director M. (the m stands for mediocre) Night Shyamalan was a big deal, absurdly thought to be the heir to both Spielberg and Hitchcock. He clearly believed his own hype and proceeded to slowly destroy his reputation with a series of increasingly ridiculous films, such as "The Village" and "The Happening," the latter one of the worst films of the '00s. "The Village" was maybe a turning point, as critics mostly hated it, even thought it made money and has its defenders. Set in a 19th century village (a-ha!), surrounded by monster infested woods, it has one of Shymalan's patented "twists," but the real twist is that you've wasted your money and/or time. He manages to take a very capable cast and get them to all perform like hypnotized robots (only Adrien Brody breaks out as a half-wit, but he's kinda terrible). Bryce Dallas Howard has to leave the village to get medicine for the wounded Joaquin Phoenix and your first thought might be, why isn't there a doctor? Howard gives one of the least convincing portraits of a blind person ever. The premise isn't bad, but the execution is terrible. It's very slow, ponderous, poorly written, and badly directed. On the plus side, the cinematography (by Roger Deakins) is top notch. M. Night's most recent film was the Will/Jaden Smith debacle "After Earth." Final thought: Christopher Nolan may be a smarter, savvier, more acclaimed M. Night. . .

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 02, 2013

Writer/Director M. N. Shyamalan is a dingleberry and his precious, little "Village" movie is an absolute insult to my intelligence as a rational, thinking person._____ Filled to overflowing with annoyingly misleading red herrings and gaping plotholes galore, if Shyamalan really expects me to take this picture's preposterous story at face value, then he's an even bigger idiot than the village idiot was in The Village._____ To say that this film, which loftily takes itself way too seriously, is absurd to the point of being downright laughable would truly be an understatement of the highest order._____ This film's premise is such a gross miscalculation of logic that it cannot rationally support itself and expect to get away with it without being harshly criticized._____ All-in-all, The Village amounts to being nothing but a 2-hour lie. It proves, beyond a doubt, that Shyamalan has very little, if any, respect for the intelligence of his audience.

SkylarkShadow Sep 09, 2012

I love this movie, it's so much fun and exciting, the end could be improved but for the most part it's a great movie! M. Night Shyamalan's movies are SO good! Lady in the Water, Signs, and The Village are my favorites though! Enjoy!

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tj_is_cool
Sep 20, 2011

Fairly entertaining.

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stse88
Aug 14, 2011

I detest this film. It was actually somewhat good until you figure out what the big deal was. It was so dumb, I couldn't see the rest of the movie without thinking "Huh? What is M. Night thinking of?" And then there's the end, which makes the first Huh? moment seem intelligent. Movie was all effects to trick the audience. There's no good script behind it, and at the end, you just feel WTF.

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DavidB
Jul 19, 2009

M.Night Shymamalan is infamous for his twist endings. You've probably already heard what the twist is for this one especially since it's already been made fun of in the scary movie series. If you can't appreciate a slow pace that developes suspense and allows you to fall in love with characters... THEN DON'T WATCH THIS MOIVE.

the connoiseurs who remain might appreciate the subtle cinema tography that paints this lucious allegory. While the story is potent in it's emotions it's truly the actors that bring the characters to life and makes them so endearing. Shymamlan's 'wit' and his pretentiousness is usually his undoing but the story's power stems from it's heart.

This isn't a "horror" film so don't ecpect those types of cheap thrills. The real fear in this movie comes from the unknown. That unknown terror is emphasized through the idea of 'blindness'; blindness from the innocent and naive inhabitants of the village and the actual blindness of one of 'Ivy'.

When you feel fear, you feel it for the characters. You fear for them because you care about. Watch and judge for yourself.

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reviewer
Jan 28, 2008

Tender, understated, beautifully crafted and acted parable. Wow! Gorgeous.

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EmilynSilver
Feb 01, 2013

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Crw287
Jun 17, 2015

Residents of a village live in fear of the unknown creatures that keep them trapped in the village for fear that they will be destroyed. However it is not the village that is destroyed...

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