Thursday, April 20, 2006

Corner Culture...


Peace, one and all...
I watched M. Night Shyamalan's The Village again last night. Although I first saw it in the cinema when it came out, it's still a good film. Like most of Shyamalan's films, The Village was not what it first seemed. On the face of it, The Village seemed to be a standard horror film, set apparently in the 19th century American West (when are they ever set outside America?). Halfway through, though, it shifted gear and became a much more interesting tale of escape from the modern world and its materialistic violence. It was also about facing and overcoming fear. It was interesting that, although the village community appeared to be a religious one, there was no overt mention of God. I have to say that I've enjoyed all of Shyamalan's films and particularly, the hidden quality they all seem to share. Sixth Sense came across as a ghost film, but was really a story about Bruce Willis' character realising his own death. Unbreakable (which is a special fave of mine) was a superhero film, which focused more on the heroism of the ordinary - as well as on the relationship between Jackson and Willis. Signs was about the restoration of hope and faith, despite its outward packaging as an alien invasion film.
More please...!
Peace,
Abdur Rahman

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