a/perture Cinema, Adrien Brody, Bryce Dallas Howard, IMDb, Joaquin Phoenix, M. Night Shayamalan, Netflix, Rotten Tomatoes, Signs, Sigourney Weaver, Sixth Sense, The Less Desirables, The Village, Unbreakable, William Hurt
(please note that there are two posts today, one with a spoiler and one without… this is the one without)
a/perture cinema, the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents The Village (2004), The Less Desirables Movie of the Week. The film stars William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix and the beautiful Bryce Dallas Howard.
Per IMDb: “The population of a small, isolated countryside village believe that their alliance with the mysterious creatures that inhabit the forest around them is coming to an end.”
This psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan features a set that appears to be in the 19th Century; an isolated Pennsylvania town called Covington. There’s some mysterious creatures that live in the woods that surround this village. And, there’s an agreement, it seems. The villagers don’t go into the woods and the creatures don’t come and eat the people, or kill them or just scare the bejeezus out of them. Very archaic and somewhat Gothic.
A village child dies and Lucas Hunt (Phoenix) asks if he can go through the woods to the surrounding towns and retrieve medicines that may prevent more illness. The village elders turn him down as they see these towns as evil. Lucas steps out into the woods and things go wonky. Creatures show up to terrorize the village, killing animals and smearing blood about the place.
Noah Percy (Adrien Brody) is mentally challenged and has always played with Ivy Walker (Howard), he’s fallen in love with her. However, Ivy and Lucas are in love and arrange to be married. Noah, upset stabs Lucas and leaves him for dead. He isn’t dead, however. Noah is imprisoned and Lucas looked after. Someone must go to the surrounding towns to retrieve medicines. It is decided that Ivy should be the one to go. It should also be noted, at this point, that Ivy is blind. It’s also at this point that I’ve reached a conundrum.
I can continue to talk about this film and give a TLD-FD (Full Disclosure) or leave it for you to find out on your own. If I stop then I can’t ask questions or really give much insight on the film. If I continue then I’m giving up a classic Shyamalan plot twist and, in my opinion, ruins the whole point of watching this particular film. Hmmm, a truly confusing dilemma, indeed.
I think I’m offering two blog posts this week. One with spoiler and one without. No worries, here, though.
Rotten Tomatoes rates this at only 43% Fresh with an audience score of 57%. That’s a pretty significant jump. IMDb has it at 6.5 stars out of 10. That would be right about the 57% with RT. I personally think that it was worth watching but was pretty weak following Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. I remember thinking so then, and thinking so now. I recommend it if you’re a fan of Shayamalan and like psychological thrillers. Be warned that it’s not on par with the previously mentioned films, at least to me. If you’ve not seen it and you read this version, I’d still see it to see how it works out. Shaymalan’s use of red continues in this film. It’s worth the watch. It’s on Netflix, where I saw it, and I rate it 2.5 stars out of 5.
How do you feel about it? Let me know.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Sometimes we don’t do things we want to do so that others won’t know we want to do them.” – Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard)