2000 Running time: 107 Certificate: 12 Rating: 4

Synopsis

Security Guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) survives a train crash in which 130 people die. Comic book specialist Elijah Price (Samuel L Jackson) then seeks him out to tell him his own fragile condition is the complete opposite of Dunn's apparent indestructibility. They "seem to be linked by a curve, but sitting on opposite ends" but as they find themselves drawn together, a horrifying reality emerges. A sceptical Dunn must confront the truth in twistmonger M Night Shyamalan's worthy follow-up to The Sixth Sense.

Director

  • M Night Shyamalan

Cast

  • Bruce Willis

  • Samuel L Jackson

  • Robin Wright Penn

  • Spencer Treat Clark

Review

The supernatural overtones and exploration of the depths of the human mind are familiar as is the star, Bruce Willis and his strange relationship with a sensitive child (Clark).

Willis plays David Dunn, a security guard who is the sole survivor of a catastrophic train crash. The event leads Dunn to a dramatic and terrifying discovery about himself, which he must explore and control.

Samuel L Jackson plays a comic book enthusiast who suffers from a debilitating bone condition. He sees his weakness as a reason to link him with Dunn's strengths and attempts to lead him to a more powerful way of life.

This is an engrossing supernatural thriller with a twist to rival that which stunned so many audiences in The Sixth Sense. The action is set in a grey and rainy Philadelphia, and the cinematography is atmospheric and emphasises the bleak misery of the lives of the characters.

The visuals in this movie are dark but stunning. Follow up movies are often the hardest to make, so don't expect The Sixth Sense though there are many similar features.

And although this time round Shyamalan's work doesn't quite hit the same mark, the surprise elements are still in abundance and the movie is almost as powerful as the last.

Willis plays the part with no irony. The realisation that he might be set apart from humanity is played with a quivering uncertainty, and provides the film with an almost believable supernatural premise.

Jackson's dual performance as the insecure, ailing loner alongside the crippled mastermind is so strong that it carries the movie.

He is surprisingly un-typecast and his part could not be further from the cool and powerful Jules in Pulp Fiction.

Natalie Stone

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