Released three years after M. Night Shmamalayan’s first hit movie The Sixth Sense, Signs is a movie that will be considered as one of his best. At least in my opinion. This was actually the first Shmamalayan movie that I saw and I loved everything about it. From strange storytelling over incredibly intense scenes to the main subject. As you probably know, I’m a sucker for this genre movies, so I might be a little biased here. However, Signs has some really great features and I wanna talk about that intense atmosphere first. Shmami scienced the shit out of it, creating a pulse rifle that’s extremely powerful and with almost infinite ammo. Every scene is setup to evoke emotion and tie into the next piece of a frightening puzzle that’s slowly being assembled in your brain. One might say that this is the ultimate triumph of style of substance, but whatever it is, I like it. Filled with mystery and fear, atmosphere and pacing will make time fly. Starring experienced Mel Gibson and talented Joaquin Phoenix, you can be certain that there will be no bad acting here.
God has abandoned Graham Hess, a former reverend, who now lives on a remote farm in Pennsylvania along with his brother and two kids. To be more precise, it might be Graham Hess, actually, who has abandoned god. However, when he discovers a huge crop circles in one of his fields, he will start noticing strange things around him. Animals seem to be getting more and more aggressive and on television there are reports of strange lights appearing in the sky…
The fact that the most of the movie takes place on this remote farm that can be treated as a closed environment helped create this feeling of claustrophobia that slowly transforms into agoraphobia as the movie progresses. After all this praise, I should point out that the story is not so logical along with some of the decisions that characters make. Okay, most of the decisions. It’s like character creation in video games, you have a set number of points for stats so you can’t have strength 10 and wisdom 10, but more of a 7 to 3 ratio. Here, because every scene had to be a generator of this frightening feeling, you couldn’t properly do character development or a decent story. In the end, who says that people wouldn’t be acting this way? If the last century taught us anything it’s that people can make some rather questionable decisions. Finally, one last remark, that religion shit was a bit hard to swallow, but I forgive him. So, although this is a science fiction movie, it has a pretty lame story and you should be prepared for that. Enjoy.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Marion McCorry, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin, M. Night Shyamalan
Fun Stuff: Joaquin Phoenix replaced Mark Ruffalo, who had to pull out of the film due to a brain tumor. It was later found to be benign (yep it`s the fun stuff section) Johnny Depp was originally approached to star.