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Village, The (2004)

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Original Title : The Village
Director : M. Night Shyamalan
Writer : M. Night Shyamalan
Genre : Thriller
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Sam Mercer (I) , Jose L. Rodriguez , Scott Rudin , M. Night Shyamalan
Music : James Newton Howard
Photography : Roger Deakins
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence and frightening situations.
IMDB ID : 0368447
Official site : http://thevillage.movies.com/
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Starring

Bryce Dallas Howard Ivy Walker
Joaquin Phoenix Lucius Hunt
Adrien Brody Noah Percy
William Hurt I
Sigourney Weaver Alice Hunt
Brendan Gleeson August Nicholson
Cherry Jones Mrs. Clack
Celia Weston Vivian Percy
John Christopher Jones Robert Percy
Frank Collison Victor
Jayne Atkinson Tabitha Walker
Judy Greer Kitty Walker
Fran Kranz Christop Crane
Michael Pitt II
Jesse Eisenberg Jamison
Charlie Hofheimer Young Security Guard
Scott Sowers Man With The Raised Eyebrows
Zack Wall Donald
Pascale Renate Smith Marybeth
Jordan Burt 12-Year-Old-Boy
Jane Lowe II
Charlie McDermott I
Robert Lenzi Young Man
Willem Zuur Gerald
Liz Stauber Beatrice
Tim Moyer Flustered Man
Sydney Shapiro Oldest Walker Daughter
Mia Rose Colona Middle Walker Daughter
Chloe Wieczkowski Youngest Walker Daughter
Sydney Wieczkowski Youngest Walker Daughter
M. Night Shyamalan Guard at Desk
John Rusk Radio Announcer
Joey Anaya Those We Don't Speak Of
Kevin Foster III
Shannon Lambert-Ryan Sweeping Girl Who Picks the Red Flower (uncredited
 

Plot

In a quiet, isolated village in olde Pennsylvania, there lies a pact between the people of the village and the creatures who reside in the surrounding woods: the townspeople do not enter the woods, and the creatures do not enter the village. The pact stays true for many years, but when Lucius Hunt seeks medical supplies from the towns beyond the wood, the pact is challenged. Animal carcasses, devoid of fur, begin to appear around the village, causing the council of elders to fear for the safety of the village, the pact, and so much more. 'The Village' depicts the thrilling tale of an isolated town confronting the astonishing truth that lies just outside its borders. At first glance, this village seems picture perfect, but this close-knit community lives with the frightening knowledge that creatures reside in the surrounding woods. The evil and foreboding force is so unnerving that none dare venture beyond the borders of the village and into the woods. But when curious, headstrong Lucius Hunt plans to step beyond the boundaries of the town and into the unknown, his bold move threatens to forever change the future of the village.
 

Comments

Shyamalan's movies really must start getting marketed properly. On top of that, I felt his previous movie 'Signs' was a joke, as he tried so hard to make something special out of a movie spiraling towards a lame ending that HAD to feature the mindless appearance of an alien. Mel Gibson was way out of his element too and because of 'Signs' it took me several weeks to become motivated enough to bother seeing 'The Village'. When I did go, I ended up seeing a stylish movie with many layers. This thing is very well done and will please most who see it. Likely, many went to The Village expecting a horror flick or another one of Night's shocking endings. Instead, they get a truly fine love story and a very commendable commentary on the state of society today. It's little wonder so many did not enjoy this film, they would certainly have had the wrong expectations. The wrong people may have gone to see this movie as well...and I do feel sorry for the horror crowd who went to it. Blame the marketing or blame Shyamalan's previous efforts as people continuously try to pigeon hole his work. Either way, a sweet movie got set up for a lot of criticism here. Damn, just when you think the critics are reliable..... The Village is about seeking innocence. It is endearing and flows nicely. It does take a couple of turns but they are far secondary to the story itself. Some very important things are said here and its done in a very entertaining way. This movie is for the core movie buff, as it does not have the elements that would brand it any particular genre. I don't recall seeing anything else that you could say was similar to 'The Village'. Overall, its a clever movie...but just not for the reasons you would think. Leave your preconceptions at home and go see it.
 
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