Don't let the evil color be seen. It attracts the creatures. Never
enter the woods. That is where they wait. Heed the warning bell, for they are
coming." Okay, but what creatures? There are no creatures at all except the fake ones
with their stupid red hoods and long, thin nails. (These creatures are worse than the
idiot aliens in "Signs.") What am I talking about? Well, unfortunately, I'm
talking about M. Night Shyamalan's latest movie, "The Village."
When I watched the trailer for the first time, I thought this could be another piece of
film art from Shyamalan, like "Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable."
However, I soon found out that the dissatisfying directing and writing of Shyamalan's last
movie continued in this one. As you remember, "Signs" (2002) was composed of
nothing but a bunch of meaningless writing. We see the same thing in "The
From the audience's perspective, it is definitely a slow-motion movie. When I watched the
trailer, I thought that this would be some kind of horror movie, in which Shyamalan would
again demonstrate his genius. Instead, I ended up watching a love story for almost 108
minutes. The trailer and the movie are completely discordant, and therefore I believe the
trailer misdirects the audience.
What Shyamalan wants to tell the audience is, "The world out there is very dangerous,
and people kill other people. No one has mercy anymore. This world is going out of
But, what does the trailer show? "There's this village, with a woods nearby where
scary and mysterious creatures exist. There's a conditional peace between the monsters and
the village folk, and as long as the proper sacrifices are made, no problem. Oh, and no
one can go into the woods, ever." Please tell me, what kind of relationship exists
between these two themes? Okay, there is somewhat of an interesting concept here, but the
movie fails to support the premise.
The film is set in an unspecified time and place. The village is surrounded by the woods
where the creatures live. The costumes remind us of a conservative community living in the
1890's or whatever. The village is isolated from the outside world, and as far as the
villagers are concerned, that's for the best. All of the elders came here years ago to
escape "the towns," where each had faced some tragedy in his or her life. They
formed this community to keep life simple and happy. However, it's only after watching a
love story for an hour that we see someone finally venture into the woods on a journey to
a remote town to find medicine. Later on, the movie takes a somber turn. I don't want to
give away every detail, since that would be unfair to those of you who want to see the
movie. But let me tell you, the movie is filled with logical mistakes. I really mean it.
When all these mistakes come together, you feel like Shyamalan didn't take the audience
seriously. Unlike his previous movies, this one gives you no sense that brilliant editing
Everything progresses so slowly that you actually want to scream in order to add some
vivacity. The only strength I found in the film was the story of Ivy, the character who
ventures into the woods. The way Ivy risks her life for love (how she overcomes her fear
and ventures into woods) supports the main idea of the movie and gives it some interest.
Other details simply detain the audience. Have fun and stay cool!
Rating: Directing: 0.5 / Editing: 0 / Story: 0.5 /
Acting: 1 / Visuals: 0.5
Atilla Karakurum (IE/IV)