Excerpt: Signs is a movie with a heavy identity crisis. Everything, from the ending to the build-up to its tone, is all over the place. There’s a great movie here that doesn’t quite reach its full potential. Mel Gibson plays a former preacher and farmer with two kids. When crop circles show up in his fields, he plays it off as a hoax. These scenes are handled perfectly, building a sense of fear early on and engaging the audience. In fact, many scenes carry this same style. M.
Conclusion: M. Night Shyamalan's Signs sets a new standard for several genres. It's definitely "Hitchcock-ian" in feel with tension and scares that generally remain off-screen and are presented to us through unsettling sounds, moods, and situations rather than straightforward, always-visible horror. With standout performances by the movie's four leads, not to mention better than first-rate direction, Signs is easily M.
Conclusion: 'Signs' is all build-up with little pay-off. While I admire M. Night Shyamalan's commitment to delivering subtle, Hitchcockian thrills, quite frankly 'Signs' just takes far to long to get to an underwhelming conclusion. This Blu-ray is a solid if unexceptional presentation, with good video and audio, and not-bad supplements. But is this a must-have catalog release? Not really.
Summary: 'Sixth Sense' writer-director M. Night Shyamalan returns with another promising but ultimately disappointing paranormal thriller, this time concerning mysterious crop circles that appear around the world and, more importantly, in Mel Gibson's backyard.
Excerpt: Graham Hess lives with his two children and younger brother on a Pennsylvania farm. Six months earlier, Hess, then a clergyman, left the church, disillusioned by his wife's tragic death. One day he discovers crop circles in his cornfield. His initial puzzlement turns to terror as the full meaning of the circles is revealed.
Excerpt: There's nothing new about alien invasion. Ours is a society fairly obsessed with the extra-solar, the paranormal, and all things out of this world. But, just as he did in his two previous efforts, The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable , director/writer M. Night Shyamalan takes this usual Hollywood subject matter and finds a way to once again make it extraordinary. M.
Conclusion: Good? Signs has passages of sustained brilliance that are beyond most merely good filmmakers, and yet Shyamalan has saddled himself with a story he cannot complete. And a story you can’t complete is a story that should not have been attempted.