The Year 1999 was a remarkable year in cinematic history, From a generation-defining science-fiction-“The Matrix,” to a cult legend-“Fight Club”–People were treated with masterpieces, one after the other. When talking about Star Wars was cool again, and Tom Hanks was at the Top of His game, a relatively unknown director was knocking on the doors of Hollywood–and boy oh boy the world wasn’t ready for it. ‘The Sixth Sense’ was Written and Directed By M Night. Shyamalan and it stars Bruce Willis(Malcolm Crowe) and Haley Joel Osment (Cole Sear). Soon after the release of ‘The Sixth Sense,’ Shyamalan was proclaimed to be the next Steven Spielberg by many critics–Although this hasn’t worked out for him as well as he would have thought it will, still getting compared to Spielberg himself just after your debut film is a huge deal.
Apart from being a very suspenseful and a mesmerizing movie, ‘The Sixth Sense’ also has one the most compelling horror script ever seen. The Ending, in particular, leaves you questioning your ability to pay attention to details while watching something. An unexpected twist which knocks you flat upon first viewing. You feel like you have just got toyed around by a master working on top of his game, where he played with your intellect as he wished.
I saw this movie for the first time back in 2009 or something, and I saw it again yesterday for the preparation of this article, and I have to admit that ‘The Sixth Sense’ has aged very well. To this day the film is as thrilling as it was nine years ago, although you know about the twist ending, still it gets even better upon second viewing when you start paying attention to the details. Before we discuss the Ending, I’m going to break down the entire plot of this film. So, if you haven’t ‘The Sixth Sense’– First of all, where have you been, and why do you even watch movies if you haven’t seen ‘The Sixth Sense.’ I mean just why? Go and watch it ASAP and remember to come back here to discuss it with us. But if you are one of those few people who doesn’t care about Spoilers, well, in that case, go ahead.
“Do You Know why you are afraid when you are alone.”
The Movie starts off with Malcolm, who is a child psychologist by profession and his wife Anna (Olivia Williams) are celebrating the fact that Malcolm’s work is finally getting appreciated as he has received a letter a recognition. As they go upstairs, they notice that someone has broken into their house. A weak boy, shabby in his appearance and not looking particularly healthy emerges out of the bathroom. After a very intense conversation, Malcolm finally recognizes the boy as he was a former patient of his, Vincent Grey, who suffers mental disorder and now he is holding Malcolm as one of the people responsible for his condition. All of a sudden, he pulls out a gun and shoots Malcolm in the stomach, also killing himself almost immediately after it. The scene cuts right there, and you don’t get to see what happened after that. Within the first few minutes of this film, Shyamalan captivates his audience as only he can.