If you like high quality suspense films with a couple of surprises
and tension you can almost taste, then The Sixth Sense is for you. But
it is a film best seen with the least knowledge of what happens within it, so
feel free to stop reading this review the moment it whets your appetite. I
wont be offended.
Bruce Willis plays a respected
child psychologist shaken out of his comfortable and complacent life when a
former patient breaks into his house with a gun. Malcolm (Willis) is deeply
affected by this, and the failings in his consultation that led this young man
to such violent measures.
A year later he senses a chance
to redeem this earlier failure, with the case of a boy who believes he can see
the dead, who can interact with them and is terrified of this supernatural
phenomenon. At first Cole Sear (Osment) is as wary of Malcolm as Malcolm is
sceptical, but they soon come to trust each other and get to the bottom of this
curse, this sixth sense that brings the dead to life before his
M Night Shyamalans story
has a certain familiarity to it, yet the skill lies in its telling and in
excellent performances from Bruce Willis, Toni Collette and Olivia Williams.
But the scale of its success rests squarely on the shoulders of 11-year-old
Haley Joel Osment. He plays Cole with total honesty within this heightened and
increasingly tense movie environment do not be surprised if you hear his
named bandied about at Oscar time.
Simple tricks establish the
spooky tone, and the audience is in on his nightmare as we get to see the dead
folks that he sees. Some may, in their own sixth sense kind of way, have an
idea of what is to come in this dramatic tale, but that need not spoil the
enjoyment. Like a good whodunnit, the ending makes you re-examine all that has
gone before, with a smile of satisfaction and the certain feeling that you have
been entertained. If you sit back and simply enjoy the ride, you wont