'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.
This is the story of a little backwards town that lives trapped within a forest, run by a group of Elders that speak of monsters in the forests. There is mention of a treaty of sorts, that specifies that if the villagers do not enter the forest, then the creatures will not enter the village.
The village which is not dissimilar to an Amish community, has supposedly spent many years within these limited grounds, but after a boy passes away, a villager known as Lucius wishes to venture out through the woods to the outside world. The Elders forbid it, and after more people talk of it, and a child enters the woods without consequence, the village is hit by a string of bloody vandalisms.
This film was far too predictable. The only interesting facts regarded how long the village had existed for, and why the village came to be like it was. All of the present events were dull and lacked any air of excitement. The social interactions within the village regarding marriages and courting were unnecessary and felt forced. The only truly disturbing aspect was how much death a victim support group was willing to suffer to maintain the status quo.
Man gets hurt. The blind woman, Ivy goes for help, and then Ivy comes back. That was truly the extent of the storyline, and I was aware of it the entire time.
While not the best movie that I have ever seen, this is still a good movie.
The plot wasn't that great, and the characters didn't have much depth to them, but the twists in the story I never saw coming and they were great.
I actually saw the last 1/2 hour of this on TV and so decided that I had best watch the full movie, after hiring it out though I can easily say that the last half hour was the best part of the film altogether, and so the $4 I spent hiring it out wasn't value for money.
Not his worst, nor his best by far, but if you are a fan of Shyamalan then this is still a good one to watch.
MKS created a masterpiece with The Sixth Sense. He explored his abilities at the other end of the scale when he created the deplorable waste of time Signs. So with some degree of 'Yeah, it'll be whatever it'll be..." I skipped the Big Screen Experience, choosing instead to wait until it was available on the small screen.
I'm kind of glad I did really. This movie sits a little above the half-way mark, but personally, I found it to be quite a tame story overall. The twists in the plot are it's biggest drawcard, and if for no other reason, it would be worth watching just for those... the last 10 minutes of the movie are probably the most tension-building.
Overall, I will freely admit to feeling pretty good about waiting to see this at home, and on cheap rental nights, it's a good option. I would have been unhappy about paying full Cinema rates for this unless I happened to be drunk, at which point almost any movie becomes bearable.
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