100W: The Sixth Sense

As a writer, it is expected that you keep to a strict word-count. When you pick up a magazine, articles can be a 100-word write-up or a 1000-word analysis. Notes created for films are easily over 100 words – so this feature will focus on reviewing films in a concise 100 words. No more, no less.

The Sixth Sense (Dir. M. Night Shyamalan/1999)

14 years ago, The Sixth Sense proved Shyamalan as a master filmmaker. Psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Willis) helps social-outcast Cole (Osment) face a fear of ghosts that haunt him – while Malcolm himself tackles his own demons, as his marriage breaks down. Relationships between Cole and his Mum (Collette), and Crowe and his wife (Williams) provide solid foundations that connect the audience with deeply distressed characters. When Cole confesses his sixth sense, we become fearful. As the temperature drops, we see the horror he does. Themes of loss and regret haunt this exceptional film, as it only improves when viewed again…

Rating: 9/10

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