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August 04, 2002

SIGNS

We saw SIGNS in the theater yesterday. I don't want to spoil the fun of anyone who hasn't seen the film, so I won't discuss many details of the plot.

This was a wonderful example of the power available to a skilled filmmaker. As both writer and director, M. Night Shyamalan does a phenomenal job of controlling the emotions of the audience. From a shot that lingers in one direction, when you are concerned with what is happening just off-screen to slightly funny moments that elicit plenty of nervous laughter, I felt totally under his control throughout. To elicit this level of tension with almost no visible violence, gore or special effects, is something few directors would even try to do these days.

The acting was great, especially that of the son played by yet another Culkin kid.

I highly recommend SIGNS. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 90.

For a complete list of my ratings go to Mike's Movie Ratings .

Posted by tmichael at August 4, 2002 02:28 PM