What’s Happened To M. Night Shyamalan?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 5th, 2013 at 6:57 am,

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[Now that M. Night Shyamalan is making headlines again for After Earth, we thought it would be an opportune time to revisit this article – most of which was originally written back when The Last Airbender had opened in theaters – Ed.]

You might feel pity for M. Night Shyamalan, now that a string of poorly-received films has left his artistic reputation in shambles (with critics and many general moviegoers, anyway). Case in point: Sony went out of its way to avoid mentioning his involvement – as the co-screenwriter and director – in the marketing campaign for After Earth; though, that didn’t help to prevent Will & Jaden Smith’s sci-fi survival parable from experiencing a smaller-than-expected opening weekend at the box office.

What factors are to blame for the sharp (and painful) turn around in Shyamalan’s artistic standing, over the past decade? We’ll begin to answer that question by going back further in time, to examine the film that he’s (still) best associated with today – the 1999 ghost drama The Sixth Sense.

The Sixth Sense

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Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis in ‘The Sixth Sense’

The Sixth Sense is all but the definition of a sleeper hit. It featured Bruce Willis in a non-action role alongside then-unknown child actor Haley Joel Osment and indie actresses Toni Collette and Olivia Williams. Shyamalan had previously written and directed two little-seen films – Praying With Anger and Wide Awake – and had yet to prove that he could deliver a hit at the box office.

How then did The Sixth Sense manage to gross $26.7 million in its first weekend of release? Well, looking back at the film’s original trailer, it was exceptionally well-constructed and made the film appear to be a terse and spooky thriller that is heavy on atmosphere (and well-executed scares):

Besides being well-received critically, The Sixth Sense became a pop sensation that claimed the U.S. box office crown for five consecutive weeks, grossed almost $673 million worldwide, and earned Shyamalan Oscar nods for his writing and directing. However, I remember that there were two things that moviegoers just could not stop discussing: Osment’s performance and – of course – that legendary “twist ending.”

Sixth Sense established some important things about Shyamalan the storyteller, in particular:

  1. He enjoys playing with – then defying – what he believes to be the audience’s expectations.
  2. The stories he tells are very much allegorical in nature, above all else.

Cut to the present, and Sixth Sense holds up as a creepy – if, admittedly, kind of ponderous at times – story about people coming to terms with their painful pasts (e.g. “ghosts”) through open communication with one another.

Unfortunately, because the big twist is so well-known nowadays – or, at the least, most first-time viewers know there’s a surprise ending going in – the film struggles to have as much impact as it did upon its original release.


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Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Unbreakable’

Shyamalan really began to establish his reputation as a secretive filmmaker with his followup to The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable.  The teaser for the film (which you can watch below) was moody and mysterious – with just some expository dialogue that hinted what the flick was about – and, naturally, moviegoers with the memory of The Sixth Sense fresh on their minds, were intrigued.

Unbreakable was not the same level of hit – critically or financially – as The Sixth Sense; nonetheless, it secured Shyamalan’s place as someone interested in crafting thoughtful, character-oriented allegories through the lens of genre movies. The film has since gained a (semi-)cult following, in part because it is a “superhero movie” that delves deep into the philosophical implications of an inhumanly-powered being (re: destiny, responsibility, etc.) – albeit, fully-grounded in a real-world setting.

There were certain problems that popped up in Unbreakable that began to hint at Shyamalan’s limitations as a filmmaker. Shymalan’s approach remained as personal and deeply-felt as ever, yet his movies were already starting to walk that fine line between compelling storytelling and the cinematic equivalent of a soapbox sermon (which is rarely, if ever, a good thing).

Furthermore, there’s long been disagreement over whether the twist ending is a compelling development – or just an all-too familiar spin on the classic hero/villain dichotomy (one that’s meant to be more profound than it actually is). That debate, of course, is still ongoing today but, moving on…

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  1. “and there are several sequences (like the one below) that are meant to be suspenseful and terrifying but that I found myself cracking up at.”

    I still get goosebumps watching that. I would have found myself doing the same thing.

    Telling the kids to move so I could see better knowing it didnt matter. Like talking to sports players while they are playing. And being totally flabbergasted by seeing an “Alien” for the first time.

    Sorry that scene alone IMO conveyed the uniqueness of the event and the global issue as a whole.

    What did you find comical about it?

    • it’s even funnier if you watch it with the sound off

  2. As much as I loved Unbreakable, I really, really hope that he stays far away from making a sequel or any other film, for that matter.

  3. @ Aknot

    A couple of things, I suppose. I sort of feel that \jump\ scenes like this one are cheap tricks, really. That and the way the newscaster’s talk built up to felt a bit OTT to me as well. I just found the whole bit hokey.

    Like I said, I know a lot of people were spooked by this movie – and, to be fair, some of the movies I think of as \scary,\ a lot of other people just laugh at. Just the way it goes, I guess. 😉

    • Just had a comment “socketed”. I agree with Aknot on that one: regardless of the rest of the movie and how much the ending crapped out, that scene stood out to me for Phoenix’s reaction alone.

      • @Sandy

        I concur to the point it wasnt “scary” per se… just gives you (well me) the heebee jeebees. I dont think it was as much a jump scene as an OMG scene. I mena the build up to what you were going to see was there it wasnt hidden.. I think it was done well for what it was.

        I take it as the reaction one would have in real life to that event. Not like some other movie characters reactions when one is presented with a creature from another planet.

        The movie overall spooky? meh. That one scene though fairly…. excitement inducing?

        • @ Aknot

          Good point, actually. I think the buildup to that scene in particular didn’t do much for me.

          Like I said, though, a lot of people in the theater I saw Signs in jumped at this scene.

  4. He needs to scrap his current movie thought/project, the premise just sounds cliche, keep Willis and just do a followup to Unbreakable already and attempt to redeem himself.

  5. He just needs to scrap his current movie thought/project (the premise just sounds cliche), keep Willis and just do a followup to Unbreakable and attempt to redeem himself.

  6. I wonder what would’ve happened if “The Sixth Sense” had been a cult hit instead of a blockbuster. Shyamalan might’ve had to hone his craft and try different things, instead of everyone calling him the next Hitchcock.
    I hope Nickelodeon and Paramount cancels the Airbender sequels, save them some embarrasment.

  7. I was telling everyone for months that the Last Airbender was going to awfully suck, no matter how awesome the trailers looked. How did I know this? Simple, he made it.

    The 6th Sense was a good film, for its originality and its twist ending that truly blew everyones mind. Unbreakable and Signs were both totally average films that the “twist” turned out to be totally stupid. After that tho, every single one of his films have been just absolutely utterly awful. Just awful. Haven’t seen The Last Airbender yet, but have heard enough of what people thought of it to confirm my suspicion that it would be awful too.

    Me and my girlfriend both laugh about Shyamalan, hes turned into a joke. Why they keep letting him make movies at all is beyond me, but why they let him keep plastering his name all over them too is puzzling. Its not just the watever movie, its M. Night Shyamalan’s the watever movie!!!, like his name is actually part of the title. You don’t see any other director plastering their name all over a film the way he does. And don’t see any other director giving themselves a big part in almost every film too.

    I think much of his problem comes from his ego. I saw him do an interview once on 60 Minutes or something, this was after Lady in the Water when he was already assured as a joke in my mind, and he called himself “the next Spielberg”. That made me laugh so damn hard, at least Spielberg has range as a director, can make family films, historical, sci-fi, and do it all very well. Shyamalan only knows how to make exactly one type of film and up until his last one, the happening doesn’t really fall into this typecast either, but every single one of his films was almost the exact same film, some long dramatic leadup to a huge twist at the end, he just kept doing it again and again, just trying to copy the 6th sense forever. Next Spielberg my ass, lol.

    Hes got a serious ego, thinks hes this underappreciated genius and everyone else just an idiot for not getting it. To me, hes a joke, who has proven himself a one trick pony, and I’ve totally given up on him ever making an even close to decent film again.

    • @ MikeL

      Yeah, his ego is something impressive. Like you said, he likes to plaster his name all over his films like no one else nowadays.

      Granted, he does write/direct/produce and occasionally act in them, but… yeah, all those other people that make the movie with him? They’re kind of important too, y’know. 😉

  8. I thought that scene in Signs was amazing. It gave me chills up my spine when i saw it.

  9. No one is seeing the obvious. MNS is not trusting his storytelling ability in movies following “The Village.” He relies on exposition so deliberately and heavily that it shows he cannot trust his ability to use the camera to frame his images. It also shows he does not trust his audience to understand him, hence the spelling it all out in mind-numbing exposition.

    Being dropped by Disney affected him more than he lets on. His confidence in his ability as a director is actually cracked and covered up in a panoply of hubris and defensiveness. He needs to take a break from film-making and come to terms with his horribly damaged ego. It’s sad.

  10. he might find himself blacklisted after the disaster that is airbender

  11. I liked 6th Sense, Unbreakable and even The Village. I liked Signs to an extent (too pro-religion propaganda for my taste) and….. I have to admit I’ve paid to see Lady in the Water and The Happening.. worst money waste ever–

    • I dont remember much about that movie except Gibson played an ex priest.
      What propoganda do you speak of?

  12. His upcoming film Twelve Strangers ,sounds like it could be a return to form for him.
    I am hopeful.

  13. As far as I’m concerned I am a really big Night fan. In my opinion, his works are so far some of the best I’ve ever seen. His work is genuine, original, and to the point. Yes he may have screwed up at some points in The Happening; I admit that that movie was a little too rushed, characters weren’t developed as they should have been for us fans to connect to, a bit fast paced. But at the end, it was definitely worth a second and third watch. It’s surely not a five-star movie nor a four-star as well, but I think it’s either a ‘hate it’ or ‘like it’ movie. I got a clear and vivid message from that movie, and learnt a lot of things from it. But yes, I’ve got to put that as the last likable on my M. Night list.

    Lady in the Water was alright too. I thought it was a great way to appreciate connectivity to others. As I said, his work is genuine and honest. You have to admit, he’s got talent. The Village, Signs, Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense all fall under the best of his work for me. I love them. I’m still yet to see Avatar TLA so I’ll be honest about what I think about it.

    • Cocaine is a helluva drug Darren. :)

      • Ha ha, very funny 😀

  14. I don’t think Night Shyamala did a good job recreating this movie the Avatar the Last Air Bender. He should have waited to get funding and help from Nickelodeon production Inc. He didn’t relies a lot of people that went to see the movie really watch the television series and were so dissopointed. The cream is in the details. All the capabilities of the benders were not lived up to, the names of characters were mispronounced, scenes and characters were cut completely out, the characters in the movie didn’t seem to know what they were doing in some cases. It was just a heart break to wait so long for this movie to come out and it ending up to be a big disappointment. The producers and directors should have done more research in the fighting and concepts in the tv series. The amount of research and mimicking, traveling, demonstrating of real life masters in the art of fighting styles of each nation based of a real Wu Shu Kung Fu Style, was not met in a global standard. I am ashamed to say I went to go see this movie. Now nickelodeon can’t do a proper recreation of it’s animated series because Night Shyamala messed it up by doing it a huge disservice by trying to make this movie without proper funding, creativity, accuracy, funding, planning. Sorry fir anyone who is offended by this crucial criticism of the movei. (tear) broke my heart man!

  15. I am not concerned over what happened to M Night Shyamalan. I’m still trying to figure out what happened to Rob Reiner.

    I’ll have to get back to you…

    • Who’s Rob Reiner?

      • @ Darren

        Rob Reiner is an actor/director responsible for flicks like This is Spinal Tap, Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, and others.

        Since about the mid-90s, his output has become increasingly bad and includes pics like North, Alex & Emma, Rumor Has It, and The Bucket List.

        • Dear god, I just had a Scary Thought:

          “Rob Reiner and M. Night Shyamalan bring you…


  16. I agree with Neal about Shyamalan’s overuse of exposition, at least for The Last Airbender. I felt like the movie spoonfed me the plot, then shoved the spoon down my throat. I anticipated this movie with a lot of hesitation, to be honest, because of Shyamalan. It’s not that I thought he was a bad director. Even with the Happening I remember feeling not that it was bad per se, but really weird. I just didn’t think Shyamalan would be a good fit for the action-adventure genre because all his other movies were dramas or thrillers. One of the strong points of the Avatar cartoon is how fun it is, and Shyamalan just didn’t capture that. It seemed like he tried to for the first twenty or so but then gave up. Aang smiles maybe three or four times before he visits the Air Temple, but then becomes totally depressed and never recovers. The fight scenes have their moments, like Pakku’s water tentacles and Aang’s slo-mo montage in the Northern Water City battle. The vast majority just doesn’t look good. The choreography and bending effects don’t mesh well. There’s not nearly enough bending bang for kung fu buck. The earthbender dance troupe are the worst offenders, but manage to be so bad they’re funny. Seven guys to levitate one not-very-big rock and launch it rather slowly to take down one fire guard. The rest of the fights are slightly less bad and not nearly as entertaining.

    There were some good things about the movie, like the sets and costumes, and the actors for Zuko and Iroh gave passable performances, meaning they’re the best in the movie. Sadly, it just doesn’t make up for all the bad. It really would be great if he could get his groove back, but it’ll take a lot of doing. I think he needs to stay with the genre with which he has experience, learn to stand without the over-exposition crutch, and probably a few other things I didn’t think of.

  17. Wow I usually don’t disagree with you guys but its a toss up, for me, between Signs and Unbreakable as his best film. I thought Signs was incredibly well done with great moments both scary and touching. When the Alien walked by was one of the scariest parts of the movie mainly because it made it more wide spread. Unbreakable was also very well done and I didn’t see the twist coming until Samuel L. rolled down the ramp to his office. Signs I thought was good and the twist was great but the main reason everyone loves it so much is because its twist. I was one of those people who liked lady in the water mainly because I didn’t really watch the movie for the twist since I figured out the village before I ever saw it and was even more disappointed that I was right. I rank the Village just over the Happening which I thought was pretty good (except for Mark Walburg’s voice) until the ending turned out to be the most idiotic things Ive ever seen. You would have thought he could have come up with something better which is the same reaction I had to the Village. Its not because they had no twist, they were just boring. Haven’t seen The Last Airbender, I loved the show and don’t want to taint it. Sounds like another “Eragon.”

  18. I figure I’ll be the lone person to say that THE HAPPENING wasn’t all that bad. I actually enjoyed it. Granted I didn’t go into the theater expected to see the best movie ever made but I I had low expectations going in. Just because he made some other great movies doesn’t mean ALL his movies will be great.

    BTW Lady in the water was actually a good movie. The story was really good I thought, and Paul Giamanti pulled it off. But of course it wasn’t his suspenseful 6th Sense or plot twisting Village even different style Signs movie but it was different, and thats what MNS has continued to give us, is different movies. I can’t wait to see The Last Airbender.I started watching the cartoon while I was layed off and was pumped to hear a movie was being made.

    • I agree with you all the way. I loved The Happening as well and The Lady in the Water too. You’re not the only one :-)

  19. why bother commenting on this article?
    The writer says “it also featured an anti-climactic twist ending that really isn’t a surprise if you know anything about…”

    There is no “twist ending” in Unbreakable. It is stated right at the start, and the entire thing is set up in a clearly defined way. Exactly, if you “know anything about” the superhero genre (which is exposed in a brief voice-over at the start anyway) you know right away that the story is not about discovering who the villain is (you should have figured this out about 15 minutes into the film) but rather the journey of discovery of the main character who has his own personal “twist”: he needs to discover himself and accept that he IS the hero.

    Unbreakable is brilliant film-making. Sadly, not many people will admit it. And the author of this article, while entitled to her (sorry, I’m assuming “Sandy” is a woman’s name?) opinion, basically undoes the credibility of the entire thesis being posited by immediately criticizing “The 6th Sense” as “decent if unremarkable drama that was slowly paced and a bit heavy-handed at times”.

    If you want to talk about the “downfall” of a director, you have to have appreciated his film-making until a certain point. You can’t simply go from “he had a pop hit which I thought was meh” to “and now he sucks”. I just can’t believe your article.

    But then, I liked, very much actually, all of the movies that seem to be fair game for hate-on on this forum.

    As much as I wasn’t impressed with “Unbreakable” when Is aw it in the theatre, it’s a film that has grown on me to the extent that it’s my favourite of MNS’s films. It keeps my attention through its story, through the subtlety of all of the actors’ performances, through the great ambience created, and especially through some of the most innovative framing of entire sequences ever put on film. The man has an incredible eye.

    I loved “Signs” despite the fact that I despise Mel Gibson no end. I don’t think it’s about christianity, or religion at all. I’ve watched this film dozens of times, and it still gives me goosebumps. I also believe that the “plot holes” are there on purpose. They are only there if you concentrate on entirely the WRONG part of the film.

    I loved “Lady in the Water”, and its take on interpersonal relations and how we live up to (or not) the choices of archetypes which are offered us.

    I loved “The Village”. Twist or no twist, I think it’s a beautiful film about frightened people.

    And while I didn’t “love” “The Happening”, I did enjoy it, and after watching it a few times, can appreciate it as good film making.

    But I’m alone, I know. And I accept that I will be “wrong” or worse, a “fan boy” for defending MNS’s output. But I also work in the arts, and think that my opinion has at least as much validity as anyone else’s as far as film-making is concerned. And this is nothing more than “my opinion”.

  20. “But then, I liked, very much actually, all of the movies that seem to be fair game for hate-on on this forum.”

    Mike E,

    “This forum?” I think the consensus outside of this site is that he started going downhill after “Unbreakable.” I thought that was a great movie and concept, and I even thought “The Village” was OK. “Signs” wasn’t awful, unless [SPOILER ALERT]you step back and think about aliens that can be killed by water deciding to invade a planet 2/3 covered in it.

    “The Happening” was a joke. It felt like an on-purpose parody.


  21. i laughed at that scene in signs to, and at the clicking south African language the aliens used and even more so at the fact that water hurt them!
    I guess they came for the dew!

  22. I have to admit that was one of those plot holes that was annoying. But if you think about it they said their purpose was to harvest not invade. The aliens came to take people(for whatever reason) back with them. We as humans take life endangerings missions like that in hostile enviroments if we need resources to survive also, coal miners, fisher men, deep sea ocean miners, space mission, etc.
    I think the movie that I really annoyed me the most about that type plot hole was War of the Worlds. You mean to tell me these aliens had been waiting for an invasion and to take over our planet for like a thousand years or so and not a single alien scientist did not figure out that there are contaminents on this planet that their alien biology did not build up an immunity to. There capable of traveling across galaxies and could not figure that out. Hell we think about that just going to another country(lol).

    • I believe that that particular “plot hole” was included in the WotW remake as it was also an essential part of the original story. How would you imagine they change the story to get past that particular plot point? Had it not been included, would that not also have altered the story to the point of NOT being WotW any more? What were you expecting? The American army to come in and destroy the aliens? Perhaps after inserting a computer virus into the alien mainframe via a Mac notebook?

      • No, not all. A person should not alter it. I am just saying it was something I thought about when I was watching the film. Did it mess up the movie for me? No. I enjoyed the film. Same way I enjoyed Signs even with that plot hole in it.
        “Perhaps after inserting a computer virus into the alien mainframe via a Mac notebook”(lol)..that’s hilarious. I take it your talking about Independence Day. I thought that was kind of fluke in Idepence Day as well. You are absolutely correct though, there was no way around that essential part of the original story.

        • I did very much like your explanation of the “plot hole” regarding water in “Signs”. It was something which, since I loved the whole movie so much and appreciated that the film was not actually so much ABOUT the aliens, I was very willing to let slip. Much in the same way as the “microbes kill the aliens” plot hole in WotW.

          I suspect that a lot of people get hung up on what in the end are minor details when they watch certain movies, and forget that a completely different subject might actually be the central point of the film.

          • I agree. Also I’m with you on MNS. I enjoy most of his movies. “The Happening” is the only one had problem with. The story worked but man, the acting and dialogue was kind of bland.
            “The Village” had that Allegory of the Cave like take on it. So I enjoyed that.
            “The Lady in the Water” was cool. I think he conveyed that it was to be a modern day fairy-tale well. I mean it was a story he wrote for his children( at least that what he said).
            Most are in agreement of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable so there is no need to really write about those two, they rocked.
            I have not seen The Last Airbender yet but I will. All I can say this is the first time he did animation adaptation so I’ll cut him some slack.That is no small feat by the way, tranfering a kids cartoon into a live action film can be a bit of a puzzle. Again, I do not want to give my opinion to much on that film until I see it.

      • An alien being evolving independently on another world by its very nature would be pretty immune to the micro organisms of another world. It helps to know a little about the original story and the history surrounding “WOTW.” At the time of its writing some scientists and people in general still believed it was possible that Mars could harbor life. Perhaps even a dying civilization. A world that was plagued by ever shrinking resources would no doubt fracture socially and undergo resource and idealogical war. Perhaps multiple wars. To think that intelligent life would hold the same values as we do to the same degree of one over the other is rather unimaginative.
        Perhaps in the end though the hawks and predators of the alien society won out and an attack, despite the risks was finally executed. Maybe more likely a desperate faction took it upon themselves to start something that they couldn’t finish.

        Over time technologies and even certain knowledge can be lost or have flaws and holes in its accuracy and completeness. The point in the story was that the aliens had certain advantages but they weren’t perfect. With their superiority came their desperation and weaknesses as well. Those led to their undoing. It might be good to tell the counter invasion story. We go there to find the answers. I imagine what we would find wouldn’t be pretty…

        • @ d-man @Mike E You guys really made my day rating MNS up in such a good and mature way in your discussions :-) Glad to know you’re fans. And yeah, The Happening could have been better :-)

  23. Sixth sense is one of my favorite movies of all time.
    But since then?

    The only thing I can say is that there is no way I will fork over money to see one of his movies.

    Personally, I think he just lucked out with the 6th sense.

  24. His problems all began with the fake TV show he put out before “The Village” called “The Buried Secret of M. Night Shayalaman” on FX or Syfy, one of those channels, and he took a huge negative hit for it because it was a faux-doc and he misrepresented himself, blah blah…anyway, he hasn’t really come back since that aired.

  25. I’m just writing this cause I’m sick of critics bullying on Mr. Shyamalan. What if he wants to be in his movies? It seems to me that you’re jealous of him, cause he can write, direct and act in his movies if he wants to. Tim Burton does the same everytime and nobody complains… he doesn’t act, but he always put himself as a character, often played by Johnny Depp in his movies. Americans can’t appreciate slow dialogue driven character moments That’s why Let the Right One In had to be remade (please don’t let them ruin the story). That’s why Alien3 failed. People want conventional movies that work and feel within their comfort zone. Lady in the Water failed because… people where jealous and horrified of Shyamalan’s character, the lack of bigger effects sequences and not showing Blue World… and The Last Airbender is being hated cause, it’s Shyamalan’s movie, cause he changed stuff from the cartoon…
    To me he’s one of the greatest directors ever, bud sadly enough, most people hate him and his films just for being who he is…

    • Yahzee,

      Uh, no, I can tell you that I didn’t like the movie because it was poorly acted and written. I don’t care that M. Night wrote and directed it. Critics (the vast majority) are quite objective.

      You, on the other hand are obviously not.


      • “Critics (the vast majority) are quite objective”… sorry, THAT as to be one of the funniest things anyone has ever tried to say with a straight face.

        • @ Mike E.

          Be fair now, Vic’s just referring to the fact that most professional critics judge a movie based on its merits as a work of art (ie. whether the writing/acting/directing/etc. is good or not).

          A non-objective critic would be someone who, say, hates The Last Airbender just because it was directed by M. Night Shyamalan – as opposed to not liking it because they found it to be poorly written or acted.

          • Sandy, if what you say were true, then every single critic would be unanimous about every single film they reviewed… which we well know is not the case.

            The problem with deciding whether a critic is biased or not against any single film maker is that even the critic him/herself would be incapable of truly knowing whether or not their personal bias was showing.

      • Hey Vic, with all respect and I’m not angry at the comment you made above but I’ll say something, this: ” Professionals know everything, even inspired amateurs know something” :-) and that’s Tom Shippy’s line :-)

        • Um that “Profesionals DON’T know everything”

        • Darren,

          Well I’m an “inspired amateur.”


          • I hear ya Vic

    • @ Yahzee…. I couldn’t have said it better my friend. What a decisive way to make that point clear.

  26. i like all m nights films, but i do find the lady in the water to be really cheesy, but hey its a story he used to tell his kids as he put them to bed so i get it kinda. i however would like to see him finish the airbender films and make the two sequel,and a sequel to unbreakable,and a prequel to signs which could be really, really creepy/scary,and i would love for him to make more films like unbreakable,and signs in his unque way. i also would love to see him do a splice sequel,and maybe even a resident evil remake like the first game,and a remake to island of dr moreau with things in it that would just turn your head around on your shoulders. we get enough over the top action/cheesy comedy/3d films that are crap give us some thinking,story driven sci fi thriller drama horror films and killer animal flicks with great action,and visual/practical effect. he is one of my favortie film makers besides chris nolan and a few others.

    • youre one of 5 people in the whole world the likes all of his movies lol

      • @ anthony….. make that six; include me.

    • I agree with you Chris all the way! My favorites are Peter Jackson, M. Night Syamalan, Sam Raimi, Steven Speilberg; just to name a few :-)

  27. Six Sense, I havent seen it (please dont kill me for saying it im trying to find the dvd).
    Unbreakable, love the movie.
    Signs, love the movie.
    The Village, loved it untill you found out (SPOILER) that the people where the creatures in suits….that just killed it for me.
    Lady in the Water, good movie just one of those that you can only see a few times.
    The Happening, great idea but not a good movie.
    Avatar the Last Airbender…..I left the movie theater, that was a pile of garbage, a waste of money…you are just given well i dont want to ruin it..
    Has anyone seen his two films before the Sixth Sense?

  28. Great Scott, I’d never seen bits of “The Happening” before, but that’s some of the worst scripting I’ve ever heard put to celluloid.

    As for Shayamalan himself, I think it’s simply hubris. I think he’s capable of being a good stylistic director, but writing is clearly his Achilles heel.

    I once thought that if he just stuck to directing other people’s words, he’d be better off, but the consensus, and I held out hope that Airbender could have been that film, but it turns out he had his hand in writing that as well.

    I’ve always thought he had a good eye for composing a shot to maximum effectiveness. He probably would have made a better cinematographer than a feature director even. At this point, it may be the only thing he can salvage, as it seems he’s no longer capable of drawing out good performances from his actors.

    Gah, even with commentary from the Riftrax guys, that clip was painful. GAH!

  29. I liked Sixth Sense like most did, but never watched it again because quite honestly the whole movie hinged itself on the ending. Now that I know how it ends I have no desire to sit through it again since the rest of the movie doesnt hold enough interest to keep me in my seat again.

    To be fair, I felt the same of Memento and other suspense flicks.

    Unbreakable was a great concept but was too slow, and left me feeling grungy for some reason. Still I’d give that one a 5 out of 10 stars, just average.

    Everything else sucks, I didnt like any of the rest except maybe Signs but that one even took quite a few attempts to get through the movie at different times. I just kept getting off the couch to do things around the house, lol.

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