Pillage the Village.
Here's a concept: A bunch of people live in a creepy village located in
the middle of a field in anywhere, anytime, North America. Within this
bunch of people reside a retarded murderous pianist, a blind woman who
can see, and a ring leader that talks like a robotic Dickens novel.
Everyone dresses all Amish. Surrounding the village is a forbidden
forest, where "Those We Don't Speak Of," (glorified dark crystal
beasts,) run amok, slaughtering and skinning dogs, leaving their
glistening corpses on villagers doorsteps, all sinister-like. Sounds
cool right? No. Not cool. There is a cornucopia of reasons why you,
your friends, or their friends should not waste their valuable time on
this piece of utter disappointment.
Let's just start with the logistics. How many torches surround the
village? These flames burn eternally? Who lights said torches? If the
woods are off limits, where does all the wood come from? Who built
these houses? What worm hole does the food, 80 foot banquet tables and
fine linen materialize from? Is this the very same wormhole that the
script appeared from when it landed on M. Night's desk? Why didn't he
throw it back, or ask Steven Hawkins for a second opinion.
As if the absurd logistics aren't enough to bury this film, dialog so
weak it could make the pope weep is coupled with less then savory
performances from seemingly qualified actors. The Village makes
Unbreakable look good... hold on... I think I'm going to... yes, I'm
going to throw up.
This film put the "uck" in suck. -Cherry "Pop" Siskel.
Sunshine0209 watch Midnight Clear movie
The titanic was excellent. Keep watching it.
DFatouma watch Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Frontier movie
Well i think the movie is interesting.
renenmexico watch Snezhnaya Koroleva (The Snow Queen) movie
M. Night is amazing... the truth of the village totally takes you by surprise....
weathervane27 watch Red Ball Express movie
This movie was really great, very inventive.
mgcraven watch Green Zone movie
another good twisty from the master.
The Gladiator is a film about two men angling for power during the Roman Empire. One was Cesar's son, played by Joaquim Phoenix, and the other was Maximus, played by an actor, I don't know off hand. The movie was a great disappointment. Joaquim Phoenix should have played played Maximus. What bother hiring an outstanding actor like Joaquim only to have him play the "brother" of the love interest? Miscasting Joaquim's character means he gets stiffed out of everything, i.e., father's love, sister's love, and public's regard. Instead of finding love on his own, he spends all his time drooling over his sister, (major turnoff) which while that may have been the norm back then, it doesn't work at all in a movie made in the 21th century. .
'The Village' (Joaquim Phoenix) is about a simple community scared to death of monsters that 'eat flesh' who live in the woods. The Elders have secrets, "things that cannot be spoken of" hidden in dark wooden boxes. Despite this, nothing is as it seems. Uncharacteristically, Joaquim Phoenix plays Lucius, a man who spurns the affections of a pretty girl, due to his tortured love for a blind girl. The depth blind girl's misery was moving, and her lack of understanding about the way things really were was thought provoking. When she climbs over the ivy wall, and we see the truth, I was astounded! This movie was well-worth seeing. .
The Village is an incredible mystery. I never realized what was going on until the end. .
night shyamlan's best movie.... eventhough it is not a high budget movie... .
nice one......................................................... .
When you're desperate for medical supplies and your village is in the middle of a forest far away from civilization - send the blind girl for help...
I was SO glad that I took a chance, and saw this film at the theatre.
Not only was I pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, but it
also introduced me to Bryce Dallas Howard - for which I'm forever
grateful. She left a lasting impression with her role in this movie,
playing Ivy Walker - a blind girl who "sees" (but just not as we see),
Bryce is quite a wonder to behold. People will complain how, for a
supposedly "blind" person, she manages to get around pretty easily/know
where she's going and seems fairly familiar with her surroundings. If
you actually pay attention, you will hear that she was not born blind.
She obviously got to know the place where she grew up and familiarized
herself with her surroundings/how to get places before she lost her
sight. Even after that, she still "sees" people's "colours". So there's
actually an explanation for the way she gets around, you just have to
At its heart, this movie is a tale of romance (in its purest form).
What holds the movie together is the love story between Bryce's Ivy
Walker and Lucius Hunt (portrayed perfectly by Joaquin Phoenix. No
wonder he's a perfect fit - as the role was apparently written for
him). It's also no wonder that Shyamalan cast Bryce without an audition
from her and after only having seen her on stage. She's quite the find.
Her chemistry with Phoenix is a large part of what makes the film work.
There's a purity and innocence to their love for each other. Their
interaction/dialogue really gets to the heart of what love is/should be
about. I especially liked her trust in him and his faithfulness and
loyalty to her.
The rest of the cast also does well. William Hurt is excellent as Ivy's
father, Sigourney Weaver is quite good as Lucius's mother, and Brendan
Gleeson is great as always (though a little underused). Meanwhile,
Adrien Brody has a tough role, playing Noah Percy (who is literally
"the village idiot"). He'll probably get on some people's nerves, while
some might just find him unintentionally amusing. I thought he played
the role well, and I even felt a twinge of sympathy for him. Judy Greer
is also good as Ivy's sister, Kitty (and she shares one especially
amusing scene with Lucius. Both she and Phoenix are excellent in the
scene where she makes her feelings known to him). Apart from the
wonderful relationships of lovers, father and daughter and mother and
son, there's also the love/relationship between two sisters on display.
The film itself looks great. Very moody and atmospheric, nicely gloomy
and cast-over. The night scenes are brilliantly done - taking full
advantage of shadows and the only light source being candles. I just
cannot say enough about how good this film looks. It creates the sort
of place one would almost want to step into, walk around in and be a
part of. It has a mystical sort of quality to it, yet everything is
grounded in a 'reality' of sorts.
Speaking of, the elements to this film that may feel 'supernatural' in
nature are actually handled really well. There is an explanation for
everything that happens in the film, but like with all good movies, you
can't expect answers straight away. You have to pay attention and be
willing to go along for the ride all the way. Obviously, after
Shyamalan's other movies, people are expecting a 'twist'. Thing is, if
you go into this movie for the sole purpose of *looking* for what the
twist might be, then chances are you may figure it out. I myself went
into the film not actively seeking out the twist, and was able to sit
back and just enjoy the movie for the story it had to tell. The 'twist
ending' is not the main thing you should be worrying about here. It's
the story that matters - and it was a story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Some may possibly feel that the film just sort of ends abruptly, but I
think that if you've been paying close enough attention to the journey
that the character of Ivy Walker goes through, you'll realise that the
somewhat open-ended final scene can only have one natural resolution.
It's really left up to you to decide, but I know that I was happy with
how I thought the film ended.
It is one of those cases where you either 'get' the film or you don't.
And I absolutely 'got' it. It addresses issues about today's society
and makes you really think about what the world has come to. What are
people - as a whole - like nowadays? Not exactly the best examples of
human nature are on display in today's day and age. People, in general,
are deeply flawed, and The Village ponders what could be done about
that to escape the unpleasantness. I very much appreciated this film
and, after having recently re-watched it yet again on DVD, I love it
just as much as I did the first time I saw it at the theatre (maybe
even a little more). Out of all of Shyamalan's films that he's done,
this one is easily my favourite. It's a truly under-appreciated gem of