Review - The Village

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Review - The Village
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Sun, 08-01-2004 - 9:30am
I'd heard a critic say this wasn't any good, but I'm glad I didn't listen to him, because I liked it! No, it wasn't a deep, philosophical piece, and there were parts where I had to kind of suspend my belief (like a blind girl running across a field without aid of a guide or cane), but it had an interesting plot and, while not too gory (that's okay!), it did have its suspenseful moments.

Maybe not one you have to see in a theater, but I'd say it's worth renting at least.


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Sun, 08-01-2004 - 10:39pm
I am so mad about this movie!!! I read one of my daughter's jr high books about 4 months ago that had this same plot! I loved the book and thought it was a really unique idea and then I sat there watching this movie Friday and told my dh, this is the same thing! With a few different plot twists, in the book it was a 12yr old girl that ran, but basically it was a VERY similar idea. I even stayed till all the credits rolled to see if the movie gave credit to this book and they didn't. I won't mention the name of the book now cause it may be a "spoiler" to you who haven't seen The Village yet.

Come on M.Night, can't you think of your own plot?

By the way, did you catch his cameo? A little Hitchcockish I would say.

Besides the above criticism, I usually enjoy his movies but boy are they getting slower and slower! And it seems like the music is all the same in The Village, Unbreakable and Signs.

Now that I've torn this movie up I have to say I still love suspense of any kind. And did you see the trailer for The Forgotten with Julianne Moore, one of my favorite actresses? It looks good.

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Mon, 08-02-2004 - 8:30am
I didn't know there was a book with this plot! He should have given credit to it, at least. I can see where that would make you mad.

I think he shows up in all his films. I kind of like that, actually. Stephen King usually does that, too.

I don't think I've seen the trailer for The Forgotton. It doesn't sound familiar, anyway, but I may have and forgot it (no pun intended, lol). I tend to do that. My dd usually has to tell me if I've seen a movie! A mind is a terrible thing to lose, LOL!


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Registered: 08-08-2003
Mon, 08-02-2004 - 11:18am
Yes I like the cameos too. It makes the movie fun. The Forgotten trailer was shown right before The Village here. About a family with a son and he disappears and then it's like his life was wiped out. The mom's photo albums are blank and everything. The kids he played with at the park don't remember him, etc.. a suspense thriller.

About brain cells...I just read something that said isn't it funny our brain cells come and go but our fat cells are with us forever!

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Mon, 08-02-2004 - 11:34am
LOL, I like that! And it's so true! The Forgotton does sound good! I'll have to watch for it.

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Tue, 08-10-2004 - 10:47pm
I have been really looking forward to seeing this movie. We are planning on going thursday during the day because my dh took off and we are having my mom babysit. I wanted to ask though how scary is this movie? I scare easy, I hate being startled and I don't want to sit in the theater the whole time with my ears covered. ( I know most people cover their eyes when they are scared but I cover my ears. I can handle the visuals, it is the startling music and noise that freaks me out.) :) Is this safe for me to see in the theater or am I going to be tramautized?

Have you seen The Ring? I saw this in the theater and I couldn't go to the bathroom at night for a month because I imagined that freaky little girl in my house. Then I rented it with my brother and it wasn't half as scary. I wish I would have seen it originaly on video instead. I am such a wuss!

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Wed, 08-11-2004 - 8:21am
Well.... I didn't think it was *too* scary, but I'm a horror film fanatic. There were a few scenes that were suspenseful and made me jump, but very little gore (some dead and skinned animals was about all). As for the music, I'm not sure! I don't really notice the music. I would imagine it fit with the scenes and was suspenseful when it needed to be.

I'll give a shout out to Lumia. She saw it with me and is much better at critiquing than I am (a tv and film technical whiz, lol).


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Registered: 06-26-2003
Wed, 08-11-2004 - 9:37am
Well I thought it was going to be more scary then it was based on the trailers. I know there were two places were I jumped, but you knew there was going to be something there. There were two suspencfull parts when the things in the woods are walking around. As for the music, if I am thinking right it was mostly a violin playing, so not your normal scary movie music.

I really like scary movies so you might scare more then me, I haven't talked to anyone that has seen it other then the people here on the board, so I don't have anyone elses opinion to give you. I hope this helped you.

Colleen

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Wed, 08-11-2004 - 8:54pm
Thankyou both so much for your suggestions. We have decided that we will see it tommorow and I will just cover my ears for the super scary parts. But dead skinned animals? YUCK! I am a complete sensitive animal lover so I am SO hoping that my eyes are closed for this scene!

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Thu, 08-12-2004 - 8:54pm
We went and saw the movie. I thought it was good, I liked the ending and I found in entertaining. I didn't catch the cameo though. When was that?

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Registered: 08-08-2003
Fri, 08-13-2004 - 5:44pm
Towards the end, when the ranger went to get the medicine, that was M.Night reading the newspaper in the office and you could see his face reflected in the glass door of the medicine cabinet.

Glad you liked it.